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WA Representatives Explain Vote De-funding Obamacare

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington's congressional representatives have been some of the most vocal in the process of passing a budget that would avoid a government shutdown. As part of the budget the Affordable Health Care Act or as it's commonly known Obamacare might lose its funding.

"People are watching the news at night and they cannot believe that our country is cruising towards another completely avoidable, absolutely unnecessary crisis," said Senator Patty Murray.

Murray was just one democrat urging congress to come to an agreement earlier this week to pass a budget, but one of the programs she has strongly supported may be lost among the funding cutbacks.

"The house has acted to keep the government open, to control spending and to protect people from an unworkable law that is making it harder on them," said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

When we spoke with congresswoman McMorris Rodgers Friday she explained that her vote reflected what she had heard from the people of our region.

"I heard it repeatedly while I was in eastern Washington in August traveling the district, the concerns with this law," explained McMorris Rodgers.

Representative Doc Hastings told us he hopes the legislation will pass through the senate to solidify the changes his party is working to make.

"Were that to happen and it becomes in fact de funded then I think our health care system will start recovering much better than where we are now," explained Hastings.

While our republican representatives applaud the passing of the budget our democratic governor is not pleased with the idea of de funding affordable health care. In a letter he addressed to party leaders on both sides of the aisle he stated that Obamacare would actually save the people of Washington and the government over 300 million dollars.