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House Republicans are apparently living in a parallel world.
In their alternate version of reality Barack Obama never became president and the landmark Affordable Care Act never became the law of the land - not to mention being upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The radical right is having delusions of grandeur. As Politix reported Friday, they are again cowardly threatening to plunge America into the financial abyss unless Obamacare is defunded. But we have already experienced too many decades of partisan gridlock at the expense of the neediest among us who lack access to basic health care.
As I wrote on Aug. 5, "Tea party extremists want to deny reality and re-write history. But they lack the votes in the Senate to defund Obamacare. Moreover, the president would surely veto any such legislation that came to his desk."
The political outlook since then has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the tea party's irrational intransigence which has spread like wildfire among House Republicans.
The radical right aspires to bring down the government and America's global financial credibility by defaulting on the national debt.
As President Obama said Friday, "We are not a deadbeat nation. We don't run out on our tab. We're the world's bedrock investment. The entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is stable."
U.S. Health Care System = Third-World Country
Opponents of Obamacare should be ashamed and embarrassed that our health care system ranks about 37th in the world - just behind Costa Rica - according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How can America continue to be recognized as the greatest democracy and leading beacon of freedom worldwide if we continue failing to providing basic health security for all of our citizens?
The fact is that around 30 million Americans have been deprived of health care strictly for socioeconomic reasons or other discriminatory factors. This has been an American tragedy for far too long.
Access to affordable health care should be a fundamental right for every American in the world's richest and most powerful nation. Moreover, when Obamacare is fully implemented that dream will become a reality whether radical Republicans like it or not.
Status Quo Not an Option
If you adamantly oppose health care reform in general, and the Affordable Care Act in particular, then what exactly do you support instead? The status quo is simply untenable.
As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement, "The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for three years. Democrats stand ready to work with reasonable people who want to improve it, but Republican attempts to take an entire law hostage simply to appease the tea party anarchists are outrageous, irresponsible and futile."
The bottom line is that America - excluding the richest among us - can no longer afford not to have universal health care. That is, if we want to foster economic growth and remain competitive in the global marketplace.
Thus, regardless of fluid public opinion, the sky will not fall because of the Affordable Care Act.
To the contrary, the middle class, the poor and future generations will be better off in the long run because of it.
David Grinberg is an independent Washington writer with work experience in the White House, Congress, federal agencies, political consulting firms, and the news media.