He also trotted out the usual phony numbers about how this -- and everything else he doesn't like -- is going to run the USA into bankruptcy, so we should all get aboard with his Ayn Randian plan for Utopia. He's only doing what's best for those of us who are unlucky enough to be his constituents, after all. It's not like he's supposed to actually represent us or anything.
Below is my response. I suggest that all of you send him a similar letter, or make a call stating these same points to his office, which can be reached via his constituent hotline:
CONSTITUENT HOTLINE: 1-888-909-RYAN (7926)
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Representative Ryan --
If you oppose the government shutdown, then work to bring a clean resolution to the floor.
The ACA is the law of the land, it was passed in the normal way, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court.
Not only that, but it was created by the Heritage Foundation and pioneered in Massachusetts by your former running mate, Mitt Romney. Additionally, its popularity was reaffirmed by the re-election of President Obama. You and your running mate_ lost_ that election overwhelmingly. (And if not for gerrymandering, would likely have lost the House as well.)
The American people are for the ACA, as proven in polls of its component parts, or even merely by asking about it as the ACA rather than "Obamacare," the "pejorative" that your party labeled it with in an attempt to gin up fear. Additionally, substantial portion of people who say they are "against" it merely believe that it doesn't go far enough.
The ACA _was_ a Republican plan, the "compromise" that your side wanted, rather than single-payer or some more progressive (and less expensive) healthcare plan that would have cut out the private insurers who, in some cases, have been sucking 30% or more of our premiums out of the system.
If you want to repeal this law, the ACA, you should repeal it in the normal way -- not via this government shut-down blackmail.
Because you say you oppose a government shutdown, I now expect that you will work to bring a clean resolution to the House, and not try to rewrite the law during this process. I expect that you will, therefore, support the Senate version of the resolution -- which leaves the law alone, as it should.
Please do so.
Yours -- Steve Sullivan