There’s no reason to delay giving this opinion with needless words: Congressional Republicans are at fault for the government shutdown.
The GOP has had plenty of chances to reject the far right ideology that has hurt this country for years now, but they have failed at every turn. The latest shame has been rejecting a clean continuing resolution to fund the government.
The reasoning, this time, is that they want to stop the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare. Unfortunately for them, their stunt failed. The ACA rollout continued on Tuesday even as other government functions stopped.
But the larger point is even more damaging to the GOP. The heart of the ACA is based on health care exchanges. This type of health care reform, once called “Romneycare” in Massachusetts, where it was signed by the former GOP presidential candidate when he was governor of that state, was originally proposed by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation. It isn’t socialism, as some of its critics blindly charge. It is capitalism in action, advanced under the theory that greater competition from health insurance companies and more customers from a “mandate” will bring down costs for everyone.
Recent polls have shown that if you call the health care reform by its proper name, the Affordable Care Act, rather than Obamacare, it gains 10 percentage points in popularity. If you separate out the proposals in the law and poll them individually, they score even higher. It makes sense. Who thinks that it would be better to deny people health insurance because of pre-existing conditions? Who would deny college students the right to stay on their parents’ policies? Who would want less competition in the insurance market, or more people uninsured?
Sadly the answer is the modern Republican party and its elected officials in Washington.