Gov. Inslee Calls Congressional Efforts to Defund Obamacare “Irresponsible”
Inslee has sent a letter to Congressional leaders Harry Reid and John Boehner as well as Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnel in the House urging Obamacare not be defunded.
Here are some excerpts from his letter:
"I am increasingly concerned about efforts in the U.S. Congress, and particularly the U.S House of Representatives, that threaten either to defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act or to shut down the operations of the federal government. Under either scenario Washingtonians will suffer, as will the citizens of all states. Therefore, I strongly urge you to work together to pass legislation that will continue the important operations of the federal government and allow these vital health reforms to move forward."
He also claims:
"In Washington state we are moving forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," to provide better and more affordable healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. We have achieved bipartisan support for the creation of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and the expansion of our state Medicaid program - both of which will expand health coverage while also saving the government over $300 million."
And finally Inslee added:
'With our economy and employment still in the process of recovery - and already set back by unnecessary, self-inflicted wounds like budget sequestration - Congress must recognize what is at stake in the real world, including here Washington state. A federal government shutdown would result in furloughs for workers, and vital services denied to taxpayers. Our state economy would be negatively impacted by a government shutdown in ways that would be felt by Washingtonians in every county."
It's rather ironic that Inslee favored a budget rife with tax increases, pushed the Department of Ecology to throw roadblocks in front of job-creating coal terminal projects, and wants to drop a $.25 cent-per-gallon gas tax on Washington residents; yet he points a finger at the sequester and other government actions that have hurt our economy.
No doubt now where he stands economically, and politically. Watch Washington D.C. carefully, and study the proposals and legislation coming out of the White House. In a few months, you are likely to see knee-jerk reactions by our governor in Olympia. He also continues to support a healthcare policy that continues to be proven unworkable, unaffordable, and won't provide the healthcare promises made about it.
Given the current overall economic state of Washington, and perhaps Inslee should devote more of his efforts to finding real and effective ways to improve our economy and business climate, rather than worry about what's going on on the other side of the country. Most political and economic experts have been far less than impressed by his first 9 months in office.