Duncan Responds to President Obama's Remarks

September 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks on the continuing resolution dispute over funding for ObamaCare:

“The President of the United States is willing to negotiate with Russia and Iran, but he refuses to work with the elected representatives of the American people to solve our country’s problems.
I don’t appreciate being lectured to by a President who has done more to hurt American families, businesses, and our economy through his unworkable healthcare law, than could ever happen in a government shutdown.
The President asked us to think about who would be hurt if the government were to shutdown. I ask him to think about how many millions more will be hurt if his healthcare law goes into effect?
How many Americans will lose the insurance that President Obama promised them they could keep?
How many Americans will no longer be able to see their current doctor like President Obama promised wouldn’t happen?
How many Americans will be unable to find full-time employment because of new ObamaCare regulations on employers?
How many small businesses will be forced to close their doors or stop hiring because of the negative impacts of the new healthcare law?
Leadership isn’t about lecturing, leadership is about leading. Had the President decided to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to achieve healthcare reform we wouldn’t be in this situation. Instead of working together, the President chose to go it alone, and use parliamentary tricks and political maneuvers to ram a very bad law through Congress.
With all due respect to the President, saying something over and over again isn’t enough to make it true. ObamaCare will shut America down if Congress does not act to stop it. The negative impacts of ObamaCare represent a far greater threat to the well-being of our country than any impact of hitting the debt ceiling or shutting down the federal government.
The House has voted to fully fund the federal government, with the lone exception of ObamaCare. The President needs to stop trying to protect his personal legacy and focus on what’s best for the country. ObamaCare is a disaster, and I urge all of my Republican colleagues to stand firm and speak the truth. I have no desire to shut down the government, but make no mistake, ObamaCare will shut down America unless we act to stop it.”