Matt Walther provides a succinct take of what is unaffected by the government shutdown.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the government shutdown has also not affected the official launch of Obamacare. President Obama himself said today, “even though the government is closed, a big part of the Affordable Health Care Act is now open for business.”
The launch, of course, has been plagued by glitches which has made for a rather inauspicious debut. The Obama Administration is trying to have its cake and eat it too. If you click on the White House website you get the message:
Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.
Yet during his Rose Garden speech Obama, looking through rose colored glasses, attributed the “glitches” to overwhelming demand for Obamacare.
Government shutdown or no government shutdown, the Obamacare chaos has only just begun and is bound to get worse from here on out. Even if one can navigate through the Byzantine labyrinth that is Obamacare, Americans will face the choice of paying for expensive health insurance with few benefits or paying a fine to the IRS. Either way, the Obama Administration has your money. I also think we won’t have to wait long before Americans face long waiting lists to receive health care, if it is received at all.
While a critical mass of Americans have been opposed to Obamacare from the outset I believe the resentment towards it has barely scratched the surface. Until a majority of Americans have had to experience Obamacare firsthand I don’t think a majority of Americans will truly appreciate how bad it truly is. In which case, we will see this outrage and dismay articulated unambiguously at the polls in November 2014.