“You can’t empower people by saying, ‘Here you are in the minority, and you’re going to shut down the whole government because something you don’t like has already – let’s be clear – passed the United States Senate, passed the House of Representatives, was signed into law by the president of the United States, was certified by the United States Supreme Court as constitutional and has partially gone into effect. That’s the democratic process.”
“With millions of people still out of work, with an economic recovery that is still far too fragile, with students and families being crushed by student loan debt, with millions of seniors denied one hot meal a day with Meals on Wheels and millions of little children pushed out of Head start because of a sequester that is dragging down the middle class, with the country hours away from a government shutdown and days away from a potential default on the nation’s debt, the Republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access birth control coverage.”
So just to clarify, the Affordable Care Act
- Passed both the House and the Senate
- Was signed into law by Obama in 2010
- Was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 2012
And yet now it’s 2013 and the GOP in the House has voted 40 times to repeal it and is now going to shut down the fucking government because they can’t handle the democratic process.