Americans are split on Obamacare. I think that’s a fair statement. The Quinnipiac University national survey found that 47% of Americans oppose Obamacare while 45% are in favor of it. I should note, though, that some within that 47% oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough.
No matter the reason, it’s safe to say that Americans are split on Obamacare.
But this blog isn’t about Obamacare. It’s about the shutdown.
And Americans are not split on this shutdown.
The Quinnipiac University national survey found that a whopping 72% of Americans oppose the strategy of using a shutdown to stop Obamacare.
So Americans do not want this to happen. They did not think it was a good idea and they want it to stop. They have clearly stated that they do not want the Republicans to “stand strong” on this Obamacare issue in regards to the shutdown.
What’s more, many Republicans in the House of Representatives have indicated they do not want this shutdown to continue. The Washington Post reported that 198 Democrats and 21 Republicans support a “clean bill” that would end the shutdown.
That’s enough to win a vote to re-open the government.
But a vote can’t happen unless the Speaker of the House – John Boehner – calls for a vote.
And Boehner is refusing to call for a vote.
In an interview today, Boehner said that he won’t call for a vote because (according to him) there aren’t enough votes to pass the bill.
Okay, before we move on from that, let me pause for a moment to say…
Huh? Really? That is why he hasn’t called for a vote?
Is he saying he doesn’t support a vote unless it has a chance to pass?
Then why did he support the first vote to appeal Obamacare? It didn’t have enough votes to pass the Senate and he knew it. Okay, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and accept that maybe… just maybe… he was high or something that day and actually thought it might pass the Senate that first time.
But what about the second vote after it failed the first time? Nothing had changed, yet he supported a second vote.
And when the second vote failed, he supported a third vote. And when that failed, he supported a fourth vote. And then a fifth. And a sixth. And a seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth…
What about the twentieth vote after the first nineteen failed? What about the fortieth vote after the first thirty-nine failed?
Is he seriously saying that by the fortieth vote, he honestly thought it might pass?
He supported all those votes, but this one vote… which actually has a chance to pass… he won’t support because he doesn’t think it would pass.
Come on, Mr. Boehner.
The president is calling for a “clean spending bill” vote. The Senate is asking for it to be put to a vote. Several Republicans in the House of Representatives are asking for it to be put to a vote.
If Boehner truly believes in bipartisanship like he claims, why won’t he just call for a vote? If he’s right and there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the bill, he’ll be proven right and he’ll be completely vindicated.
So why doesn’t he just call for the vote? He could settle this particular argument once and for all.
I think we all know why he’s refusing. Some of us just won’t admit it.
He won’t call for a vote because he’s afraid it’ll pass.
How is that a democracy? The people have clearly spoken and stated that they overwhelmingly (72%) support a clean spending bill. Members of his own party have stated they want a vote.
More people support a clean spending bill than oppose Obamacare. I thought he said he’s listening to the people? Well, not on this, he’s not.
And so the government remains closed because one man refuses to even give it a chance to open.
And this isn’t a “let’s compromise” thing. He’s not “negotiating.”
He won’t even allow Congress to vote. He’s literally preventing the House of Representative from doing what it was created to do.
I’ll say it again, just in case you missed it.
He won’t let them vote.
He’s preventing the democratic process from working.
So… at the end of the day, this isn’t even about republicans and democrats anymore.
It’s about John Boehner.
I’m not saying Boehner should support a clean bill. I’m not saying he should support Obamacare. He can totally vote against this bill if he wants.
But he absolutely should allow a vote to happen.
In my crotchety opinion, that goes beyond political maneuvering.
He has turned against the voters. He has turned against other republicans in the House of Representatives.
Honestly, he’s turned against the democratic process.
It’s despicable, plain and simple.