Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The lifeblood of any congressional office is constituent services. Helping your constituents resolve problems they may have with navigating government agencies makes them happy and grateful, and it reflects well on you as an elected representative that you know how to get things done.
The Hill reports that ideological extremist Tea-Publicans are actively trying to undermine the federal health care system by refusing to help their own constituents navigate the system:
People regularly call their representatives for help with Medicare,
Social Security and other government programs. Yet, Republicans believe
healthcare reform spells doom for the federal budget, private businesses
and the U.S. healthcare system. They're also enormously frustrated that
the law has persevered through two elections and a Supreme Court
challenge and believe a botched implementation could help build momentum
for the repeal movement.
Some Republicans indicated to The Hill they will not assist
constituents in navigating the law and obtaining benefits. Others said
they would tell people to call the Department of Health and Human
"We know how to forward a phone call," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz
(R-Utah). He added, "[A]ll we can do is pass them back to the Obama
administration. The ball's in their court. They're responsible for it."
Constituent services are the most basic of tasks for congressional offices, and these ideological extremists are simply refusing to help their constituents.
Steve Benen accurately observes, "don't forget that this has simply never happened before. There is no
precedent in American history for Congress approving a massive new
public benefit, a president signing it into law, the Supreme Court
endorsing the benefit's legality, and then having an entire political
party actively and shamelessly working to sabotage the law."
The Tea-Publican Party is an anti-government insurrection bent on destroying government.