Mayor Michael Bloomberg trashed Washington Republicans today for pushing the country to the brink of a partial government shutdown in their effort to block President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“This is an outrage. They cannot hold the country hostage to what is just plain and simple politics,” Mr. Bloomberg declared at an unrelated press conference this morning, raging at the concept of negotiating policy issues with the threat of shutting down the federal government.
Mr. Bloomberg, who was in Downtown Brooklyn to tout a new high-speed internet initiative, argued that Obamacare was worth a try.
“I don’t know that this is the perfect bill. It was written by committees. I would have done some things differently, but at this point, it was passed by a majority and we should put it in and see if it works,” he said.
“It would be a sin not to try it and see whether it works,” he added. “If it works, great. Then if it doesn’t, you can always fix it. We’ve got to do something about healthcare.”
Mr. Bloomberg further urged Democrats to hold the line in the fight, even as tonight’s midnight deadline looms.
“I think they have to,” Mr. Bloomberg said when asked if Senate Democrats should hold firm. “The Senate and the House have to come together and stop this. This is going to be devastating to all of Washington. This is devastating to this country in terms of we look like a third world country. It’s going to hurt our economy. It will lead to businesses up in the air in terms of making investments.”
“If you tried to write a book or write a novel or make a movie about this,” the mayor added, “nobody would believe it.”