We need members of the House of Representatives, both Republicans and Democrats, to stand up to the radical elements of the Republican Party that refuse to accept that the Affordable Care Act is law. They need to vote for the clean continuing resolution waiting for their approval.

We cannot let the voices of a few crazies drown out the voices of the vast majority of Americans who need the services that government provides.

All of us rely on food and workplace safety inspectors.

We fly on planes inspected for safety by the FAA.

We have family members suffering from cancer, hoping to be enrolled in medical trials. We are pursuing justice through the courts.

We have plans to visit a national park.

We have families needing assistance from Head Start or WIC.

From the lifesaving to the most trivial, our needs are being held hostage for what?

In the simplest words, according to Ezra Klein: “This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That’s it. That’s why the Republican Party might shut down the government and default on the debt.”

This is wrong.

Kasia Wilson