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POSTED: October 2, 2013 10:00 p.m.

The American people are rejecting Obamacare by wide margins. Recent polls in Georgia suggest that more than 57 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Obamacare and only 31 percent have a favorable view.
Even more telling is that 49 percent of the respondents said that Obamacare should be repealed and only 14 percent said they wanted to leave it as is.
As the president plays politics and tries to hold on to what he considers his signature achievement, the American people wonder aloud, “Why would anyone continue to support a program that is so unpopular and that the vast majority of citizens don’t want?”
Republicans are right to continue to keep this issue at the forefront and to try and bring some sanity to what obviously is an insane law.  
Obamacare is a job-killing, tax-raising assault on the greatest health-care system in the world, and this train wreck should be defunded, delayed and ultimately repealed. I applaud Republican legislators who are working toward this goal.
In fact, more than 95 percent of the jobs created in America over the past six months have been part-time jobs, according to Keith Hall, a senior researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and former head of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employers are terrified to hire new full-time employees because the cost of providing health care is enormous.
But why does the president continue to play politics on this issue and ignore the wishes of the citizenry?
One of the many reasons, I’m sure, is that the president wants to deflect attention from the fact that, once again, he has failed to submit a proposed budget to Congress and continues to ignore the economic issue of our generation — the national debt.
By continuing to keep the nation’s focus on Obamacare, the president can continue to force Congress to pass continuing resolutions in order to keep our government running, and that does nothing but grow our national debt.
Continuing resolutions have become the norm in our federal government. In fact, during the past five years, the U.S. Senate has passed only two budgets.
While some will argue that sequestration addresses some of our budget crisis, it is far from being the only answer and has triggered disproportionately severe cuts to our military.
The single most-egregious economic act our federal government ever has committed is to not balance their budget.
As a small-business owner for more than 25 years, as a former mayor with the responsibility of submitting a budget to a city council, and as a state legislator serving on the appropriations committee, the audacity to even think of consistently working with a budget deficit amazes me.     
As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, I have signed the Balanced Budget Amendment Pledge, which calls for a congressionally proposed Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The American people understand how bad Obamacare is and how it must be stopped. I have consistently voted in the state Senate to oppose Obamacare and its various manifestations.  
Now is the time to draw a line in the sand that actually means something. It’s time to stand strong and repeal Obamacare.
And while Obamacare may divert our attention for a while, passing continuing resolutions and disregarding the need to balance our budget and address our national debt are not going to be ignored or tolerated.

Carter can be reached at 421-B State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334. His Capitol office number is 404-656-5109. Connect with him online at facebook.com/buddycarterga or on Twitter @Buddy_Carter.

 

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