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September 25, 2013

Anderson: Government shutdown? Don’t blame the GOP


Some of the stimulus money has gone to create more public-sector jobs, which must still somehow be funded by someone when the stimulus money ends.

To make it all so much more interesting, this year the new budget year coincides with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), a law that passed in 2010 with only Democratic support; those who questioned its size and complexity were told by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”

So, to find out what’s in it, I bought the “ObamaCare Survival Guide” by Nick J. Tate, who made an admirable effort to sort it all out as objectively as possible. But now my copy is stuffed with newspaper clippings telling about things that have been found wrong with it: There are already exemptions for certain privileged groups, which may not include you. Some headlines: “Limits on consumer costs in health care law delayed” (no longer so “affordable”?); “Multiple companies changing insurance plans due to Obamacare” ; “State lawmakers raise concerns about navigating Obamacare health exchanges.” So, former Speaker Nancy (Republicans took over the House in 2010 by running against Obamacare, so she lost her speakership): “what’s in it” seems to be creating problems.

Therefore, many congressional Republicans are trying to prevent what Sen. Max Baucus (a Democrat — helped lead the fight to pass it) calls a “train wreck.” The House, passing the federal budget for which it is responsible, removed funding for Obamacare, which, along with its administrative chaos, is estimated by a Senate Budget Committee study to cost $2.6 trillion over 10 years.

Obama and Democratic leaders want bipartisan compromise, i.e., they want it all done their way. They seem to think that our Founding Fathers made a mistake in giving the House the “power of the purse”; the president and Senate insist on their own version of the budget, which will include Obamacare.

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