Most landmark legislation is passed by bipartisan majorities, like No Child Left Behind, welfare reform in modern times and the Civil Rights Act and Medicare in the 20th century. Not ObamaCare. It was passed by using taxpayer money to ensure votes. Those who took the federally funded giveaways were Democrats; even the most liberal Republicans could not be bought to pass this massive overhaul of the health-care system.
Republicans are, by and large, fiscally conservative. Naturally, the media is going to blame a government shutdown on the GOP because of advocacy for limited government. If you would take the time to research previous government shutdowns, you would be surprised to learn that one even occurred with big majorities of Democrats in both houses of Congress and Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, in the White House. Federal funding for abortion was a major reason for that shutdown. It is not unprecedented or even wrong for the legislature to block what the president is trying to do.
Republicans who campaigned against ObamaCare in 2010 were elected in historic numbers. Just because Barbara Ziccardi believes that President Obama is "trying to benefit the America people" does not change the fact that John Boehner was given the Speakership in 2010 in order to benefit the American people - by stopping ObamaCare. This shutdown is a result of President Obama's overreach and failure to include Republican ideas for the health-care overhaul. Both parties agreed on pre-existing condition reform, but now Obama tries to claim that Republicans want to take away one of the only aspects of agreement. But selling health insurance across state lines and tort reform were completely ignored. If one or both of those were a part of ObamaCare, it would have passed with a majority in the Senate and not a simple partisan up-or- down vote, like it was passed.
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