Senator Mark Begich (D) laughed off grassroots attempts to defund Obamacare:
From the Huffington Post:
While pushing an effort to defund Obamacare or risk a government shutdown, congressional Republicans have insisted they might have some unlikely allies on their side: Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states.
But at least two of those Democrats, Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), laughed off the suggestion Thursday that they would vote for a continuing resolution that permanently strips the Affordable Care Act of its funding.
"We’re not going through another [vote to repeal Obamacare], 43rd or 44th — no," Begich told reporters on Capitol Hill. "Do I have issues with Obamacare? Yes. We’ve proposed multiple amendments and ideas to fix it, to make it better and take out things that aren’t working … but we’re not going through this process."
When The Huffington Post asked Begich to respond to the idea that Democrats facing tough reelection battles in conservative states might favor House Republicans’ strategy, which ties Obamacare funding to a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Sept. 30, Begich laughed and shook his head.
"No — I think those guys over there should focus on what the American people want, and that is a budget done," he said. "Quit playing with the continuing resolution, putting the debt at risk, and causing this great economy that’s moved in the right direction to falter again."
Of course, Begich mentions nothing of the number of individuals across the nation losing their insurance or their full time employment status as a result of this disaster. He only mentions he has "issues" with it even though he voted for it as a freshman Senator who obviously had no idea what he was doing in 2009. Now he wants us to believe he’s even remotely serious about a "budget" that he claims Americans want after he votes alongside with Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer 90% of the time.
Begich’s opponent next year can remind Americans that when someone admits to having "issues" with something they are directly responsible for, that it’s probably a good idea to send them packing before they can wreak further havoc on our budget that they pretend to care about.