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article imageHouse Republicans to propose one year delay of Obamacare

By Dragos Ilca     Sep 28, 2013 in Politics
Washington - The Republican party proposal for delaying President Obama's healthcare law could lead on Monday to the first governmental shutdown in 17 years.
The Republicans' plan is to call for amendments to a bill to keep the government open a few more weeks. According to Reuters, the changes will create a one-year delay in the health-care law, due to take effect next month.
With less than 48 hours until the federal government spending authority expires, the Republicans passed a continuing budget resolution until December only if Obamacare is delayed with one year and stripped of a crucial tax on medical devices.
The Republicans' proposal faces certain defeat. According to USA Today, Obama said that the will veto such a proposal in the unlikely event it will reach his desk.
Even though Obama will not sign the act, the advantage for the Republicans party is purely political. Having faced criticism for not adopting enough programs to undermine the health-care law, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his team want to push back the whole Obamacare program. According to Boehner and his team of lieutenants “The American people don’t want a government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare." He goes on to say "We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown,” The Washington Post reports.
The new Republican suggestion includes measures to continue paying the U.S. military forces and eliminate one of the most sensitive political issues, should a governmental shutdown occur.
According to The Guardian, the federal government is forbidden from incurring costs that have not been explicitly authorized by the Congress, under the Anti-Deficiency Act.
However, the effects will not be immediately felt by the large public. The "essential workers" such as mail delivery, air-traffic control, and Social Security and Medicare would continue unabated but museums and national parks will close. Certain government agents will not receive payment until the government will re-open. According to USA Today, the government shutdown will not have a big economic impact unless it would continue to drag on.
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