It makes no sense for Obama to compromise on obamacare, the debt ceiling or the government shutdown
So, here we are, well into the second week of our government shutdown. A great deal of spin and blame is being tossed around on the issue of funding the government while trying to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Conservative media outlets are attempting to lay blame for the government shutdown at the feet of the President, who seems to be the favored scapegoat for all ills past and present. Luckily, there is no Democratic compromise on the horizon.
At the heart of the issue: Republicans in the House claim the Senate refuses to compromise, while the Senate is rejecting any changes attached to the plans for funding the government and raising the debt ceiling. There have been dozens of anti-obamacare bills that have been defeated, a Supreme Court decision supporting the ACA as legal and allowing it to begin enrollment. Technical snafu’s aside, the healthcare.gov sites are up and admins are working to iron out kinks in the enrollment process. The ACA process has already begun, but House Republicans are now attempting to stop a train that is already in motion.
Compromise is not always the right course. Compromise states that where there is a disagreement, the correct course must always lie between the two extremes. However it doesn’t always work that way. For example, Jack thinks New York, where he is trying to go, is in the northeast. Bob thinks it is in the southwest. So, they decide to go southeast and wind up in Florida instead.
Their mutual agreement to go the wrong way did not lead them to their goal. Here is the false compromise the House wants: we will fund the government if you take away needed healthcare from millions of uninsured people.
The purpose of the ACA is to bring healthcare to those who have been unable to afford it, without dismantling the sector of the economy that is built of insurance companies, underwriters, managed care organizations and health management organizations. Those companies provide much needed jobs. This was the solution proposed which also enforces some basic rules that protect people from insurance company shenanigans that, in the past, have had serious consequences.
Again and again when people are asked what they dislike about “Obamacare,” they answer, “The Obama part.” Dislike of the President is at the basis of much of this resistance. Republicans have stated their goal is to obstruct and interfere with anything this President touches. They are willing to force millions to suffer and gamble with the U.S. Economy in the process to reach this goal.
Obviously the Senate is not going to cave when it comes to upholding the act. To compromise with Republicans who will hold the credibility of the U.S. economy hostage in order to dismantle the ACA which is desperately needed makes about sense as trying to reach New York by driving to Miami.
The middle is not always the right path. So much is at stake in this conflict even the more moderate Republicans seem to be saying, “Enough is enough.” They understand what will happen if our government does not pass a funding bill or raise the debt ceiling before October 17. The citizens of the United States desperately need healthcare. There is no compromise that makes sense between defaulting on our debts and continuing the suffering of millions of people. Neither of these options are viable.