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U.S. Government Shutdown Temporarily Averted by Meagan Cole

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U. S. Government Shutdown Temporarily Averted 

Meagan Cole

On Saturday, September 21, the United States government reached a stalemate between the Republican and Democratic parties. The Republicans wanted to abolish the Affordable Healthcare Act and weren’t backing down without a fight. Their concern with what’s commonly known as Obamacare lies within the classes; while a lower class citizen who cannot afford healthcare will receive it for free, their bills are actually being paid via taxes on upper class citizens. The Democrats’ argument for maintaining Obamacare is to support universal healthcare for the working class citizen who doesn’t necessarily make enough each year for unexpected hospital visits. As a result, the Democratic Party decidedly took measures into their own hands by threatening to shutdown the government if the Republicans did not back down by the end of the month.

Each party is equally at fault thanks to their temper tantrums of sorts, but shutting down the government rather than give up Obamacare entails much more than meets the eye. Because the country cannot borrow any more money as of October 17th due to billions of debt, the solution was to find it elsewhere—through the salaries of government officials. Various media resources reported that the first jobs to not receive pay would be the United States military, effective October 1st, followed by bankers, mailmen, and other government funded occupations. If such an idea was ever put into practice, an influx of people would not be making money and, incidentally, would not stay in a job long without pay, creating a total economic collapse. Yet, the government jobs excluded from the list of people affected by the shutdown were, in fact, the members responsible, such as Congress. Arguably, the politics they’re “fighting for” really wouldn’t matter at all to their families so long as they’re the ones still sitting pretty.

Luckily, a temporary resolution arrived on September 25th after the Republican Party presented a filibuster style debate; Senator Ted Cruz had the floor for over 21 hours. Those opposing Obamacare succeeded in passing a bill to stop our current healthcare laws, effectively averting the government shutdown that would have begun four days from now if nothing was done. A 2.3% tax providing medical equipment is also in the process of being revoked with the bill.

Although the crisis has been resolved, for how long is uncertain. The bill must return to the House of Representatives and reach the same vote as the Senate’s in order to retract all funding from Obamacare. However, if they do not come to a consensus, the government will only continue to be funded until November 15th. Another deadline will hang in the balance, determining whether or not the United States will face a shutdown and seriously affect both parties.