Democrats in the Senate and President Obama refused to yield to the House, so now the government shutdown is official. Let the sob stories begin.
The U.S. government began to shut down for the first time in 17 years early Tuesday, after a Congress bitterly divided over President Obama’s signature health-care initiative failed to reach agreement to fund federal agencies.
Hours before a midnight deadline, the Republican House passed its third proposal in two weeks to fund the government for a matter of weeks. Like the previous plans, the new one sought to undermine the Affordable Care Act, this time by delaying enforcement of the “individual mandate,” a cornerstone of the law that requires all Americans to obtain health insurance.
The new measure also sought to strip lawmakers and their aides of long-standing government health benefits.
Nice spin the Washington Post put on it. The article went on to say that House Speaker John Boehner wouldn’t yield.
Hey, WaPo, how about those unyielding Democrats? The House is the body that is supposed to directly represent the people who sent them there. Obviously, they’ve been hearing from their constituents. But still Boehner did yield. He went from a complete defunding of Obamacare, to nothing more than delaying the individual mandate (like Obama did for big businesses and corporations) and making Congress abide by the laws it passes. Is that really too much to ask for?
But hey, who am I but a tax paying American whose family premium already went up so much that we had to switch to a high deductible policy that will bankrupt us if anyone in our family gets seriously ill? They ruined health care for millions and millions of Americans for a few million who may not even sign up for this confusing, dreadful mess. They could have just bought health insurance for those who wanted it and saved a whole lot of headaches and a ton of money. But this was never about helping the uninsured obtain coverage.
Well, they might not be forced to own the shutdown mess they created, but they own Obamacare. And that’s what people are going to remember in the long run. No amount of lipstick the media applies will disguise that pig.
The only thing that really gives me pause is that by the time they’re finished we’ll have more uninsured than before they started. I’m sure that was the plan all along. We can only pray that their Munchausen By Proxy victims stop voting for more abuse. Otherwise we’ll get a single payer system, and the when Republicans are elected to manage it they’ll take the blame when things go wrong. And things will go wrong. Mark my words.