As the government shut down trudges on and the Affordable Care Act is passed anyway, SiriusXM hosts on both sides of the aisle spoke with officials about the situation.
Last night, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) spoke with SiriusXM Patriot host David Webb about the House’s move to delay the Affordable Care Act for one year, saying “this is an administration that is hell bent to drive this to a shut down, and then do some chest bumping afterwards, and say these crazy Republicans are the problem.”
Rep. Robert Pittinger (R-NC) also weighed in on deferring the mandate, arguing that President Obama can’t “just be a monarch and change a law.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the other hand thinks it was a small group of extremists in the House who hoped to shut down the government for their own reasons, not necessarily because of opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) was on his way to cast his vote when he called in to Make It Plain with Mark Thompson on SiriusXM Progress about what the Republicans have demanded in order to avert government shutdown.
Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Anton J. Gunn, spoke with high praise of Obamacare, saying: “We want to make sure people understand that this is about the millions of Americans that have been denied the security and the piece of mind of having health insurance… that changes tomorrow.”
Lastly, we hear from someone who the government shutdown does directly affect. Michael, a military veteran and cancer patient through the VA in Florida, says the furloughing of his doctors will delay his upcoming PET scan, which he needs to find out if his cancer has spread.