Battle of Rhetoric
The government has reopened, and the Democrats are claiming victory. After 16 days of a shutdown and the threat of default, Republicans had to give up the fight to defund Obamacare and compromise. Despite the media’s finger pointing and blame game, there is nothing dishonorable about surrender. As Obama is a Democrat and said he would not defund his signature legislation that has been dubbed Obamacare, it was indeed a little unrealistic to think this could happen. What the GOP did do, however, was be a voice to the many constituents throughout the country who are continuously begging their representatives and lawmakers to try and stop the law from going into action. Senator Cruz has been called a troublemaker in the senate, and even by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly the “most hated man in America,” but he fought for Texans at the risk of his own popularity. The Heritage Institute held a panel yesterday that included a small business owner, who explained how he is dealing with the increase in costs of healthcare, and how it is hurting his own economic growth. He said that idealistically he wishes the ACA would be repealed, but instead he no longer can offer all his employees coverage, and also will not be able to hire new people and invest in his company. The NRCC has dedicated a part of their website to “living under obamacare,” which shows how people are affected by the increase of healthcare costs. It also points to facts that Obama did not unveil till after his election, which are presumed to be a campaign strategy that continued to validate that this was indeed an “affordable” healthcare system and get him reelected. Even political journalist Ezra Klein, a huge advocate for Obamacare, has criticized its initial implementation, as there are already numerous issues with the website that so much time and money tried to avert. No one in Alaska has yet been able to sign up for coverage, and only about 30 people in Vermont been successful. The GOP risked the consequences of a government shutdown because they believe so much in the negative impact of Obamacare. As Obama has been criticized on numerous occasions for being an arrogant president, it is not surprise that he would not listen to the House majority and at least delay the individual mandate for one year which would have given the administration time to fix the newest problems with the law. If Obamacare does turn out to be as big of a train wreck that the Republicans are claiming it to be, then this shutdown will be a victory for the GOP. For right now, however, it is only a battle of rhetoric as both parties claim what will happen in the future. The outcome will show who won this battle.