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October 5, 2013

Editorial: Republicans should stop holding the budget hostage

The Affordable Care Act was passed into law. It withstood challenges in court. And its implementation began four years ago.

So what are House Republicans doing by stalling the budgeting process, shutting down federal government services and demanding that President Obama modify the ACA?

Answer: Undertaking an exercise in futility, wasting time and diverting the attention of the American people.

Whatever you think of the Affordable Care Act, it's the law of the land. It is happening. Right here. Right now. There is no turning back.

That's the message that Obama has delivered to tea party Republicans, who've done nothing but serve as obstructionists.

Don't forget, the Affordable Care Act was written during Obama's first term in office. Then he was re-elected to a second term by American voters. Talk about the will of the American people.

The recent launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace, a key provision of the ACA, is tangled in red tape. Without a doubt, it has its problems.

But the main thrust of the ACA, to provide affordable health care and health insurance to millions of Americans who have not been able to afford either, is noble.

The bottom line: The ACA is the law. House Republicans should give up this silly charade that portrays it as something that can be negotiated away. Above all, they should stop holding the federal budget hostage.

In summary House Republicans should give up this silly charade that portrays the Affordable Care Act as something that can be negotiated away.

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