Speaker John Boehner, Senator Ted Cruz, and virtually every one of the radical right-wing Republicans in the US Congress have tried to extort the US President and by extension the American People to stop or end a duly passed law of the land that has passed Supreme Court muster by illegal unilateral executive action. They are determined to kill the Affordable Care Act even though they don't have the votes in the Congress. They're holding the full faith and credit of the United States by threatening to not raise the debt ceiling. Their ransom to raise the debt ceiling is for the President to illegally stop or end the Affordable Care Act.
Disregarding the virtues of the Affordable Care Act, how can the President unilaterally stop or end a Congressionally enacted law of the land that has passed Supreme Court scrutiny?
The radical right-wing Republican Congress members' hostage is not raising the debt ceiling and shutting down the US Government.
No one knows exactly what would happen if the United States defaulted on its debts. Commentators speculate that it would blow up the US economy, blow up the world economy, raise the costs of borrowing money for the government and all the rest of us.
And what does this horrible law that must be destroyed threaten to do:
- it has already ended pre-existing conditions so that sick people can get insurance.
- it has already allowed people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' insurance plan.
- it has already begun to flatten healthcare inflation.
- it seeks to insure 30 million currently uninsured American workers and families.