The Obamacare Saga: Ongoing System Glitches and the Shutdown
For many Americans watching the government shutdown — the manufactured political crisis that resulted from brinksmanship politics and Congress’ inability to compromise on a spending bill to fund the federal government into the new fiscal year — there is one key question that comes to mind. Was it worth it?
For the Republican party’s perspective, so clearly elucidated by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas during an August interview with radio host Rush Limbaugh, the reality is that if the cornerstone provision of the Affordable Care Act — the individual insurance exchanges — are allowed to take hold, the United States will find itself on the slippery slope to socialism and a destroyed health care system, with another entitlement program that will bankrupt the country.
Comparatively, the Democrat party’s reality is that the legislative confrontation could become a larger governance issue if they allow a minority to hold the government hostage, thereby undermining the system of majority rule.