Last night Congress failed to agree on a spending plan, resulting in a nationwide government shutdown. Early this morning, federal employees around the country deemed “nonessential” were forced to take an indefinite holiday. For those unfamiliar with the situation, it goes something like this: the Republican-dominated House wants to
repeal paralyze the Affordable Care Act while the Democrat-dominated Senate wants to implement it. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is popularly known, was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Despite severe resistance, the law was deemed constitutional at the federal level by the US Supreme Court in 2012. Since then, the Obama administration has faced an uphill battle to implement the law and last night proved to be the culmination of this bitter battle between Congressional leaders. Having declared Obamacare as a hard line in the sand, both sides were unable to reach an agreement on federal spending. And so, this morning the nation awoke to a brave new world.
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