U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

Healthcare reform continues to be a hot topic in Washington. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt addressed the issue at a press conference this week.

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Roy Blunt

According to Blunt, a Congressional Research Service Reports says there is no money in the budget for President Obama’s healthcare plan. “The Department of Health and Human Services has not been updated since we passed Obamacare. Or, since they passed, I didn’t vote for it. But since the Congress passed it, it hasn’t been updated,” said Blunt, “So, by definition, there’s no specific money in there to administer it. On the other hand, most of it is mandatory. And if there’s money anywhere, it’s going to get spent.”

Blunt does not believe the healthcare plan will work. He believes Republicans in the Senate need to unite on a way to prevent the law from being enacted. About 16 percent of Americans are currently uninsured. Enrollment for new benefits begins in October.

The Senator also addressed concerns about sequestration cuts and their effect on Whiteman Airforce Base. Blunt said he wants the government to prioritize spending, then work with what is available. “We did vote for a defense appropriations bill, in the Appropriations Subcommittee that I’m on. I’m going to continue to advocate for the things that are necessary to defend the country, but these bills would be better if we would just appropriate to the amount of money that’s available,” said Blunt.

Pentagon leaders have announced plans to reduce the number of unpaid civilian furloughs, if the Pentagon is able to find the funds.