When the continuing resolution was being debated the Republicans offered to continue to fund every part of government except for Obamacare and when that did not fly they offered to fund every part of government if the individual mandate was delayed for a year. That did not fly. Keep in mind that Republicans passed all the appropriations bills needed to run government last spring but Harry Reid did not address them so we went into the last minute crisis mode.
This was by design and was part of the plan orchestrated by Valerie Jarrett in order to shut down government and blame Republicans in order to gain a political advantage in the 2014 midterm elections.
The Republicans finally capitulated and took some token concessions in order to pass the CR and at the same time extend the debt limit.
One thing that took a back seat to the PARTIAL government shutdown was the rollout of Obamacare. It has been a disaster and now that the government has (FULLY) reopened we are hearing endless stories about how terrible this thing is. The media are trying to run cover for Obama and the Democrats but that is not working well as even they can’t lie enough to cover the truth.
The number of people who were able to enroll is a small fraction of that needed in order to have success. The website does not work and when someone actually gets in they are shocked at the huge increase in cost for health insurance.
All those folks who thought they were getting free stuff are now getting sticker shock. Some are refusing to sign up opting to pay the penalty. Others have refused to try or have quit trying because the website does not work.
With all of this going on Democrats are open to the idea of delaying the individual mandate so that things can be worked out and people will not be penalized for being unable to access the portal.
Keep in mind that none of the Democrats came forward during the budget process to support Republicans in getting a one year delay. It is important to keep that in mind because these Democrats remained silent preferring that government shut down rather than allow a one year delay.
The major problem was in the Senate where NO Democrats (with the possible exception of one) came forward and said they would support a one year delay. They dutifully stood with Harry Reid and helped shut down the government for political gain.
Now that the government has reopened with no delay in Obamacare ALL Senate Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 have suddenly voiced their willingness to delay the mandate. Some want a 6 month delay, some until January 2015 (after the election) and others even longer.
Many of these Democrats are in conservative states and expect to have a battle in the next election. They are now doing whatever they have to in order to keep their jobs.
Here is the reality in a nutshell:
When they could have acted to delay Obamacare when it would have benefitted their constituents they refused to act. Now that they succeeded in shutting down the government and laid that on Republicans they are willing to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate but not to help YOU, to help them keep their jobs.
Be sure to remember that they put their own interests above yours when Election Day rolls around.
Never surrender, never submit.