Rev. Paul W. Gustine: Fund the government, but without Affordable Care Act
To the editor:
I want Congress to vote for a continuing resolution that de-funds the Affordable Care Act.
I also urge the Senate majority leader to do something meaningful to cut irresponsible spending to enable a sensible compromise on the debt ceiling.
The U.S. Senate under Sen. Harry Reid has been incompetent. The Senate passes a CR every year instead of seriously working on budgets passed by the House. Under these CRs the government continues to grow. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s daughters are obligated for a trillion dollars more of debt every year, but her concern is for my health insurance to pay for her daughters’ contraception.
Our federal government is spending more money that we do not have than any nation in the history of civilization. If we confiscated all the wealth of billionaires and millionaires, it would only balance the budget for one year. This does not begin to deal with the unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and government pensions. There are 90 million adult Americans not working. There are 48 million Americans on food stamps.
The Affordable Care Act will contribute to unemployment. It is motivating companies to move people to part-time jobs. The act will increase deficits each year. President Obama has said repeatedly that jobs are his first priority. The Affordable Care Act contradicts this priority and is helping to destroy the American economy.
The biggest problem with the deadlock in Congress is that members of the Democratic Party in the U. S. Senate treat trillion-dollar deficits as business as usual. The House is telling the Senate it is time to wake up.
Now the administration is granting waivers to the act. Most appalling is the granting of subsidies to Congress and their staff. People in Washington should live by the same laws. This is proof the Affordable Care Act is not good law. They want to exempt themselves.
I do not trust the federal government with my health records. I think the recent irregularities at the IRS demonstrate that this information could be misused.
God save America.
Rev. Paul W. Gustine