GOP’s Shutdown Strategy: An Ideological Boomerang
October 1 marked an important day in the history of the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious social program implemented in the United States since Medicare was passed in the 1960s. The irony is that the individual insurance exchanges opened the same day as the government was shut down because lawmakers in the House and Senate could not agree on whether to fund the health care law.
Brinksmanship politics led to a shutdown of the United States government, the first in seventeen years and the eighteenth in the history of the country, and put negotiating an increase to the debt ceiling in jeopardy. However, there are unexpected consequences.
A great deal of damage has been done to the reputation of the Republican party. Polls conducted by Gallup and the Wall Street Journal in conjunction with NBC show that that tough stance Republicans in the House of Representatives took against the White House and Senate Democrats over federal government spending has pushed the party’s public standing to a record low.