As the government shutdown looms closer, the Republican members of the House are scrambling to find a way to avoid it by almost any means necessary. The one thing the GOP seem to refuse to compromise on is the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” After spending the better part of a year fighting the new healthcare initiative, the opponents of the act have decided to put there foot down in the days leading up to the what now seem unavoidable shutdown.
President Barack Obama sternly warned Monday that a seemingly inevitable government shutdown just hours away “would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy.” “You can’t shut it down,” Obama said in the White House briefing room. “No matter what Congress decides to do today, the Affordable Care Act is moving forward.”
The question many Americans now have is why continue a fight that you can not win? According to the president, “all of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done — and that’s the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process.”
Republicans who control the House have tried to use a catch-all bill needed to avert the shutdown to attack the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Democrats who control the Senate have rejected every attempt to do so, backed up by Obama’s threat to veto any legislation that aims to cripple his signature domestic achievement.
As Obama spoke, there appeared to be no clear path to avoid a shutdown — a crisis that could rattle financial markets and will leave hundreds of thousands of government workers and contractors with far less money in their pockets, and some of them furloughed indefinitely.
“The federal government is America’s largest employer,” the president underlined. “All of us will be hurt greatly.”
“One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election,” he scolded.
As we get closer to the midnight deadline, one thing is clear, compromise is the only way to avoid the financial dilemma of a government shutdown.