It’s about damn time congress did its job. Henry Reid said thank you for a bipartisan effort despite huge partisan divide – too bad Mitch McConnell followed it up by again blaming Affordable Care Act and insinuating it is an abomination.
“This law is ravishing our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums, and driving people off the health care they have and like, in droves…and the refusal to delay it reflects the kind of stubborn ideological obsession that will do untold damage to our country. And Republicans remain determined to repeal this terrible law. – PBS article
Sorry, but that is just plain asshole. It’s not like most of the country is pissed off at your party or anything, seeing as it is the GOP that is responsible for the shutdown. Deny it if you want, but there was a budget proposal agreed on by both parties in the house, and then it was dropped in order to “take a stand” against the Affordable Care Act:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you had a conversation at the White House. The Democrats, including Senate Democrat Harry Reid, has said he’s more than willing to have a conference, more than willing to have a negotiation, but not under the threat of a government shutdown, not under the threat of a default.
BOEHNER: So it’s my way or the highway. That’s what he’s saying. Complete surrender and then we’ll talk to you.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s not–
BOEHNER: It’s about having a conversation. I gave the Senate majority leader some advice at the White House about how to proceed. I gave him some advice over a week ago about how to avert this. And yet they refuse to do it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But Mr. Speaker, he says — and he said it publicly on many occasions, that you came to him back in July and offered to pass a clean government funding resolution, no Obamacare amendments, that was $70 billion below what the Senate wanted. They accepted it. And now, you’ve reneged on that offer.
BOEHNER: No, clearly there was a conversation about doing this.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Several conversations.
BOEHNER: Several. But–
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you offered a clean resolution.
BOEHNER: But I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.
Transcript & video available at ABC News. Starts ~3:10/14:04
Unfortunately, this is only a temporary reprieve until January/February when the budget and debt ceiling return in full force. But at least, for now, our country can go back to its normal operations. Let’s hope Congress takes a break and returns next Monday to make a REAL deal on the budget, none of this temporary band-aid bullshit.