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U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson: Government shutdown "should not be an option"

Posted: September 27, 2013 - 5:25pm

We’ve known from the beginning that Obamacare is an unworkable, unaffordable, unsustainable law. House Republicans have remained committed to repeal, defund, or dismantle the President’s healthcare law in its entirety.

Next Tuesday, when the clock strikes midnight, the government will no longer have necessary funding for operations. This includes paying our brave men and women in uniform, supporting millions of seniors who rely on Social Security and Medicare, and much more.

Shutting down the government should not be an option on the table. Last week, the House voted on a bipartisan piece of legislation that keep the government’s doors open so that services will not be interrupted. The House-passed bill protects every American family from the unworkable, unaffordable healthcare takeover law and assures hardworking taxpayers that our nation will stop spending beyond its means.

Unfortunately, the President has failed to lead. Last week, he urged officials in his administration to begin preparing for a government shutdown, instead of working with Congress to find a solution. Additionally, President Obama has threatened to veto our proposal, which is supported overwhelmingly by the American people.

The only way forward is to defund Obamacare. Former supporters of the law - from labor unions to healthcare professionals – have recently voiced opposition to Obamacare citing job destruction, disruption of the doctor-patient relationship, and rising healthcare costs.

A recent report in South Carolina indicated that healthcare cost premiums are expected to increase by up to 70 percent for individuals as early as Oct. 1. The American people cannot afford for Obamacare to go into effect. Day after day, we hear of more employers who are reducing work hours for part-time employees and full-time employees so that they do not fall victim to job-destroying tax increases.

This week, the Senate has a tremendous task on its plate. However, I remain hopeful that Senate leadership will support House efforts and prevent a government shutdown. For the sake of jobs and our economy, we must defund Obamacare in its entirety and help put the American people back to work.

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