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SHUTDOWN: Congress should fund the ACA

Letter by Susan H. McDaniel, Gig Harbor on Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
October 2, 2013 12:54 pm

Our members of Congress are sent to Washington to keep us safe, write laws and decide the best way to spend tax dollars. They have a fiduciary responsibility to do no harm. And yet, to stop the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they feel justified in doing harm to individuals, our government and our economy.

A budget should fund the government and its laws. The ACA is a law and should be funded. Changing that law can be done over time through the legislative process, but that is a separate issue from getting the country a budget.

Because the debt ceiling limit simply gives the government the right to pay debts it has already incurred, it must be raised. If our goal is to fix our debt, then once again the answer is to create a budget that works, not destroy our credit.

Republicans should stop threatening to damage the country to get their way, open the government and negotiate a serious, long-term budget.

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