At about ten minutes to midnight eastern time, a memo was issued by Sylvia Burwell, the Director of the Office of Budget Management in the President’s Executive Office, officially calling for the shut down of the government as a result of Congress’s failure to reach an agreement on an issue that has nothing to do with the budget currently under discussion.
I’m floored. Our government is shutting down because a few power-tripping representatives can’t stand not getting their way. Failure to come to a resolution will swiftly and seriously impact individual American families (the government is the United States’ largest employer) but will not in any way prevent Americans in need of health insurance from shopping the rates and plans made available under the Affordable Care Act beginning October 1st, 2013. (Seriously, our media has been so focused on the politics of it all that — three out of four Americans still don’t know how the ACA will affect them. If you’re uninsured and interested in finding out about rates and plans available, you can do that HERE. Or if you’re privately insured but rated higher for preexisting conditions and desperate for a reprieve on premium, like me. Hint: The rates are good. Really good.)
However we feel about the Affordable Care Act, whether you understand the law or not, the shutdown that’s now officially in effect is not going to stop it. Those funds have already been allocated from other sources. What it is doing is showing the American people what total disregard our representatives have for us. I hope we all take a moment to see where our representatives came down when it was time to make sure 800,000 American workers could continue to put food on their tables.
Perhaps Senator John McCain (R- Arizona) said it best in a recent interview:
“I campaigned all over America for two months everywhere I could, and in every single campaign rally I said, ‘And we have to repeal and replace Obamacare.’ Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke, and they re-elected the president of the United States.”
And yet here we are. Congress will continue to collect their paycheck while daily government operations (and the people responsible for them) will come to a screeching halt. I couldn’t be more disappointed.
Wondering how the shutdown will affect your every day life starting Tuesday morning (because it will —this isn’t like the sequestration)? The Center for Disease Control, The Labor Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency will be ceasing operations, no longer monitoring for disease, pollution, or workforce safety, to name just a few things, and you can forget getting that passport on time, or getting an answer on that federally insured loan, plus so much more.
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