Campaign 2010

Sep 23, 2013

Does Carlos Curbelo Support Shutting Down the Government to Stop Health Care for Floridians?

Republicans in Congress are threatening to shut down the entire government to defund the Affordable Care Act, a dysfunctional move that would increase the cost of medicine and give insurance companies free rein over health care again.

Who does Congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo stand with: Washington politicians who want to give insurance companies free rein, or thousands of South Florida residents who can’t be kicked off health care for a pre-existing condition, or make sure their kids are covered until they’re 26?  

“South Florida residents deserve to know whether Carlos Curbelo would shut down the government to take away health care benefits and give insurance companies free rein,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “If Carlos Curbelo sides with those in Washington who are pursuing a tired ideological battle instead of fixing problems, Carlos Curbelo will show he is out of touch with the values of Florida families who want Republicans in Washington to stop standing in the way of solutions at every turn.”

BACKGROUND:

Latinos Among the Strongest Backers of Obamacare.“Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of President Obama’s healthcare law. In a recent national poll, supporters outnumbered detractors by more than 2 to 1. Latinos also overwhelmingly see guaranteeing healthcare as a core government responsibility, surveys show. Yet congressional Republicans continue to make repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act a top agenda item and have renewed calls for deep cuts in health programs such as Medicaid, which are very popular with Latinos.” [Los Angeles Times, 3/31/13]

House Republicans Threaten Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Funding. “Congress is facing two deadlines in the next three weeks- one to fund the government- the other to increase the amount the U.S. can legally borrow. If Congress doesn’t act, the government could shut down- and could default on its debt […] The chances of a government shutdown grew significantly Wednesday when House Speaker John Boehner endorsed a measure that simultaneously funds the government and cuts off funds for the president’s health care law.”  [CBS, 9/19/13]


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