House Republicans are desperately trying to hand President Barack Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid a gift by delaying the not-ready-for-primetime Obamacare law by a year, but Obama and Reid are too obstinate to accept it. Instead Obama and Reid are willing to risk a partial “federal government shutdown.”
Wisely, House Republicans have anticipated that Obama and Reid would ignore the pleas of millions of Americans and play politics by pushing a shutdown by also sending the Senate legislation that would keep the military and federal law enforcement funded in the event an agreement cannot be reached.
This second funding law is on top of the House’s passage a Department of Defense year long funding bill in July. A bill that Harry Reid’s Senate has failed to even consider.
Given Reid’s failure to pass a military funding measure, one can reasonably wonder if the Majority Leader has always planned to use our heroes in harm’s way as political pawns in a potential government shutdown?
The sad calculus is that Reid believes that he does not need to compromise on Obamacare’s implementation and through a complicit media can shift public sentiment against the Republicans by forcing a shutdown.
In the short run, this will likely be true, but if Republicans hold firm in their demand that Obamacare be delayed for one year, the reasonableness of their position will come through and it will be Harry Reid who caves as his own constituencies demand that he accept the House position.
The fact is that Obamacare is not ready to go into effect. Here are just a few facts …
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Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.