President Barack Obama on Tuesday defiantly declared that “this Republican shutdown” risks hurting the fragile economy and pressed the House GOP to abandon its “ideological crusade” against Obamacare.
“This Republican shutdown did not have to happen,” Obama said in the Rose Garden, surrounded by a dozen Americans who stand to benefit from his landmark health care overhaul.
“They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans,” he charged. "This, more than anything else, seems to be what the Republican Party stands for these days. I know it's strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda, but that apparently is what it is."
Obama pointed to the last partial government shutdown, in 1996, and warned that a closure will hurt the economy.
“And we know that the longer this shutdown continues, the worse the effects will be — more families will be hurt, more businesses will beRead More »from Obama blasts ‘Republican shutdown,’ defends Obamacare