September 16th, 2013
04:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama pressures conservative Republicans over possible shutdown

Washington (CNN) - With two weeks and counting until the federal government runs out of money, President Barack Obama is turning up the heat on a group of congressional Republicans threatening to shut down the government over their opposition to the health care law.

But the president's comments on Monday came as new polling indicates that Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare," is becoming more unpopular with Americans.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But the president's comments on Monday came as new polling indicates that Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare," is becoming more unpopular with Americans."

    The Brothers-Koch have recently spent millions on anti-Obamacare T.V. and radio ads. The media then spends days suggesting their own polling data reflects the Brothers-Koch ads. Where have I heard this story (or similar polling stories) play out in our media headlines before?

    Oh, yeah. Just last year. Obama vs Romney. Romney has polling momentum.

    September 16, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. ????

    Gee, the AFL-CIO sure does not like Obamacare.

    Come to think of it, no one else wants it, either.

    September 16, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. rs

    If the House GOP shut down the Federal government, they should be lead away in handcuffs and booked for treason. This is America, we don't deal with hostage takers.

    September 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Obamacare is becoming unpopular with Americans for the same reason so many Americans thought Iraq and Saddam Hussein were involved with 9/11: THE GOP IS LYING TO THEM.

    It's not hard to imagine why so many GOPers believe so many lies about Obamacare, considering that a third of all Louisiana Republicans blame President Obama for the botched Hurricane Katrina response – EVEN THOUGH HE WASN'T PRESIDENT WHEN IT HAPPENED.

    September 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. wendel

    if the republican party would spend it's money on jobs instead of the lying crap it puts out about the affordable care act maybe the economy would move faster. People are being bombarded with the lies about health care. and seem stupid enough to believe them

    September 16, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. rs

    I can hardly think of a bill passed by Congress described with so many lies as the way the GOP describes the ACA.

    Of course, the GOP is the party of the birthers; the one that still says Obama has a cell phone giveaway; that the budget deficit is still climbing; that "fast and Furious" was a program to arm cartels, and on and on.

    On the face of it the GOP either is incapable of telling the truth, or it is utterly delusional. Kindly, I'll bet the latter.

    September 16, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Abbey

    Baby the pressure on this thing called Obamacare is not going away in spite of his attempts to draw the discussion away from it and his recent decisions.

    September 16, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    He was also involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

    September 16, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. tom l

    @rs
    Tell me some of the lies. While you're at it, what are your thoughts about this:

    "At a convention in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the labor organization the AFL-CIO passed a resolution declaring that the Affordable Care Act will drive up costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them.

    While the resolution is strongly worded - it calls implementation of Obamacare "highly disruptive" to union health care plans - some unions wanted to take the resolution even further. A draft originally offered by Sean McGarvey, head of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, said the AFL-CIO could no longer support the health care law and called for its repeal unless changes were made to protect union multi-employer plans.

    As it was passed, the resolution claims the new law will increase costs for health plans that are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers in the construction, retail and transportation industries. That could encourage employers to hire fewer union workers or abandon the health plans altogether and force union members to seek lower quality coverage on the new health exchanges.

    That's the AFL-CIO talking there. Does Richard Trumka also have a problem with having a black man as president, too?

    September 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Obamacare is becoming unpopular with Americans for the same reason so many Americans thought Iraq and Saddam Hussein were involved with 9/11: THE GOP IS LYING TO THEM."

    And the MSM needs for there to be two sides for there to be a controversy, so debunking the lies and calling out the lying liars who tell them is off limits. Rather, BS like "death panels" has to get treated like a legitimate interpretation of the legislation so that tinfoil hat rubes out there can bark at the moon and joust their favorite windmills.

    September 16, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    What nonsense, GOP wants to shut down, then let them shut down, let this Entire nation, World know the real face of GOP thugs that do not want poor to have health insurance, these these GOP thugs face CONSEQUENCES IN 2014. Get rid off these GOP animals into cattle barn, nation's evil goes away. Period, then they learn health care is the Law.

    September 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. smith

    Gosh, liberals are such little babies. Everybody is lying, the polls are wrong, the media hates obama, and it goes on and on. It`s funny when the poll results are what liberals want to hear they say look at the polls. When they are not what they want hear we here all the denial come out.

    September 16, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. rs

    Tom-
    That is simply the opinion of the AFL-CIO leadership. The goal of the ACA is clear- get more people insured- and creating the exchanges (where people can buy insurance from public and private insurers is a key part of that plan). Just as with any type of insurance, the more covered the cheaper the cost.

    This is not some "socialist" movement. It won't drive you from your doctor, and if what we see in NY holds true, costs will go down.

    Even Congress' Budget Analysis Office says without the ACA costs will rise, Americans will lose coverage and the deficts and debt will increase.

    Here's a tip- why not contact the leadership of the AFL-CIO and dialog with them?

    September 16, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. rs

    Abbey

    Baby the pressure on this thing called Obamacare is not going away in spite of his attempts to draw the discussion away from it and his recent decisions.
    _________________________
    You're right! The GOP thinks that if they just say ever more outrageous things about the ACA America will believe them- just like Fast and Furious or Benghazi or the IRS- where the GOP lies thay got caught with crashed the little credibility they had on the issue.
    You know what America REALLY discovered? That the GOP can't tell the truth- about anything.

    September 16, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. rs

    Tom-

    While we're trading tasks- how does GOP truthfulness hold up through the lens of birtherism? See, most cherent peole see that as character assassination and little else. Does that really show what the GOP is all about? or not?

    September 16, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. kayla

    if the repugnants hate something it's because it's good

    September 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. HL

    Why does he get a pass. When he was a Senator he voted against raising the debt limit. Why was it ok for him, but when others want to do the same it is soooo wrong.

    September 16, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |