President Obama has had enough of GOP threats to hold the American government hostage over Obamacare, and told the Republican factions working against the law to “knock it off” today in a longer series of frustrated remarks.
Obama stood firm on not negotiating away bits of the Affordable Care Act to raise the debt ceiling, holding his ground on the passage of the historic health care law that bears his name.
The President indicated that inflicting pain on Americans to get your way is not appropriate, telling lawmakers in GOP circles who threaten harm:
“Past shutdowns have disrupted the economy, and this shutdown would as well. It would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy at a time when those gears have gained some traction. And that’s why many Republican senators and many Republican governors have urged Republicans to knock it off, pass a budget and move on. Let’s get this done.”
While Obama has attempted to be diplomatic with GOP intransigence in the past, he wasn’t mincing words this time around as a government shutdown is again considered by Republicans.
The President added:
“Any Republican in Congress who is currently watching, I encourage you to think about who you are hurting… Nobody gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States just to extract some political concessions.”
Obama’s GOP comments in the clip above begin after 32 minutes, so skip ahead to watch the President speak on the possibility of a government shutdown and debt ceiling debate over Obamacare’s “funding.”