(Anne Eller, WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this report)
Members of the state Democratic caucus are pointing a finger at their Republican colleagues, calling them hypocrites because they enjoy the benefits of government health care, while trying to convince others to opt out of it.
Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney says there is a distinct difference in health care reform and the coverage members of Congress have.
The Obamacare health care plan and the federal health care plan we are on as congressmen have nothing to do with each other. We are on the same private healthcare insurance that all the other federal workers are on. We pay for it. We’re on the same healthcare insurance that has existed for federal workers for many years. The Obamacare program is a mandatory program that actually undermines that exact same type of private care.
In the latest ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform law, a federal judge in Washington D.C. Tuesday upheld the law signed last year by President Obama. Three judges have now ruled that the law is constitutional, two have ruled it unconstitutional– meaning it likely won’t be decided unless the Supreme Court takes it up.
Mulvaney, in an interview with SCRN affiliate WLMA, says he continues to be frustrated by the budget debate as Democrats in the Senate squashed the Republican-led House proposal that included $61 billion in cuts. Unlike many of his GOP congressional colleagues, he is not optimistic that a budget compromise can be reached before the March 4 deadline because he believes Democrats want a stalemate.
I don’t think anyone has said this out loud in D.C. yet. I think the Democrats want to shut the government down. I really do. I think they want to do it because they think that, like in the 1990’s, the Republicans will get blamed for it. So they really do want to shut the government down, they don’t want a compromise, and I think that’s unfortunate.