The government of the most powerful nation in the world came to a standstill at midnight Monday because Congress refused to fund its operations.
A right-wing faction of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives insists on defunding the Affordable Care Act in exchange for keeping the government open. Herewith, the Top 10 reasons this is wrong:
Then critics went the judicial route, saying it would never withstand judicial scrutiny. Wrong. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative hero, wrote the key opinion upholding the law.
This is an undeniable advancement in terms of accessibility and fairness for all Americans.
But a majority — 57 percent — say they disapprove of the idea of cutting off funding as a way to keep the law from being implemented.
It costs more money to shut the government and open it again than to keep it open. Stock markets decline, personal spending dwindles, faith in the future is clouded.
The shutdown tactic amounts to a pointless tantrum, a fight for the sake of having a fight. The key elements of the Affordable Care Act took effect Tuesday — no matter what Congress does.
Lawmakers have a duty to try to improve government programs they failed to stop in the legislative process. By taking an all-or-nothing stance on the Affordable Care Act — demanding its elimination and refusing to negotiate on improvements — critics have defaulted on a basic obligation.
Republicans never made a sincere effort to come up with their own version. That’s one big reason ACA is now the law of the land.
Elections have consequences.