“So you have this neighbor who has been making your life hell. First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you’re both suffering from huge legal bills. Then he threatened bodily harm to your family. Now, however, he says he’s willing to compromise: He’ll call off the lawsuit, which is to his advantage as well as yours. But in return you must give him your car. Oh, and he’ll stop threatening your family — but only for a week, after which the threats will resume. Not much of an offer, is it? But here’s the kicker: Your neighbor’s relatives, who have been egging him on, are furious that he didn’t also demand that you kill your dog. And now you understand the current state of [Republican] budget negotiations. ” Paul Krugman

The Rethuglicans are straight up gangsters. There’s no need to compromise our ACA. The bill passed, became law, was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, and Boehner failed 40 times to repeal it, not to mention that the President won reelection by 5 million votes where the most distinguishing issue of the campaign was Obamacare. Boehner and the right wing Tea party extremists are holding the government hostage, i.e., extortion, to accomplish what they weren’t able to do since 2010 through legislative means, and it’s criminal, craven and people will die as a result. Negotiate nothing.

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