Hey GOP, a Government Shutdown Won’t Stop Obamacare
A strange twist of fate placed the beginning of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and the first day of the new fiscal year on the same date: October 1. That coincidence gave Republicans an opportunity — or what they thought was an opportunity — to try and halt the start of Obamacare.
On Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives pushed through stopgap bill by a party-line vote of 230 to 189 that would fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year only if discretionary spending for the Affordable Care Act is eliminated.
Both President Obama and Democrats in the Senate, where the party has a majority, have made clear that legislation would not progress any further than the House of Representatives, which of course makes a government shutdown likely unless someone gives up. Without that resolution, significant parts of the government could shut down on October 1, and within several weeks, the United States could default on its federal debt for the first time in history.
Naturally, the Republicans are blaming the Democrats for this round of brinkmanship politics, and vice versa.