Obamacare Supporters Go Out Full Force; House Plans To Force Senate Vote On Healthcare Law
September 11, 2013 by Sam Rolley
A member of the Nationâ€™s largest healthcare union could knock on your door sometime before Oct. 1 as the Service Employees International Union moves to aid President Barack Obama in signing up Americans for Obamacare.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry announced Tuesday that the union would join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliusâ€™ â€śChampions of Changeâ€ť to support the new healthcare law.
“Let there be no doubt, the new healthcare law is working for working people,” Henry said. “We are not seeing the long-predicted ‘rate shock’ but we are seeing ‘Republican shock’ as extremists fail in attempts to repeal or obstruct the Affordable Care Act and its landmark protections and benefits for working Americans.”
According to an SEIU press release, nurses, doctors, other healthcare workers, member leaders and activists will try to speak with hundreds of thousands of Americans in 30 cities in coming weeks.
The organization says its members will encourage people to sign up for Obamacare by going door to door, â€śspread[ing] the word where they work and host[ing] community education events, church meetings and health fairs, with partner groups such as Planned Parenthood, Families USA and Enroll America.â€ť
As the massive union gears up to spread the Obamacare message, Congressional GOP efforts to defund Obamacare continue.
House Republicans plan to attempt to force a Senate vote on defunding Obamacare by passing a continuing resolution funding government but defunding the healthcare law. The House would then send the defunding portion of the bill to the Senate, but hold on to the continuing resolution funding the government until a vote takes place in the upper chamber.
While the Senate will not likely defund Obamacare, the Republican maneuver could accomplish two things:
- If the Senate passes the continuing resolution, it will avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30, when the current continuing resolution funding for the government expires.
- And a forced Obamacare vote in the Senate will put pressure on red-State Senators to show their true colors, while giving Senators like Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) a chance to fight the uphill battle to defund Obamacare on the Senate floor.
â€śOur goal here is not to shut down the government,â€ť Speaker of the House John Boehner said at a Tuesday morning press conference. â€śOur goal is to cut spending and to stop Obamacare. Now, I believe that the strategy that was outlined to the members this morning accomplishes that.â€ť
â€śThis strategy is intended not to really satisfy the House — weâ€™ve already voted,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s to force the vote and force the fight in the United States Senate.â€ť