After sixteen days of government shutdown have we learned anything? For openers, we witnessed firsthand how deep the divisions of opinions exist between the two political parties. President Obama believes he has won round one by refusing to back down from his position and enter into honest negotiations. The Republican Party refused to give any ground unless Obama Care was defunded, a rather arbitrary position considering that the universal health bill is going to need some serious changes to survive in its present form regardless of funding. The tea party got slammed for the shutdown by the Democrats even though their main focus is on the opinions of voters back home, not yet becoming a major player in government functions in Washington at this point. After sixteen days of finger pointing while trying to save face with their voters at home, Washington is shaping up to become the real scrooge for the upcoming holidays when the battle is scheduled to begin all over again.
What can we expect over the next several months? President Obama and the Democratic Party are hoping to initiate some big government programs over the next few years including changes in immigration, gun control and environmental standards. If the launching of Obama care is any example of what they plan to do with other programs it will be a disaster and no one will escape the pain.
Over the last few days signing up for the exchange program has been a nightmare. After planning and developing a web-site over the last three year, the program failed on opening day with only about 500,000 responses (estimated guess), far below the required amount of people needed to fund the legislation.
But the current web site debacle is only the tip of the iceberg. There are some fundamental problems with the conceptual structure of the program. For example, the basic cost of the program is depended on how many young healthy people will commit to a health care plan which requires they accept specific provisions of the plan they do not need. This requirement in turn will inflate the premium cost four to even ten times greater than the cost of simply paying a penalty. Who do you think will pay the bill for this little glitch if the program cannot pay for itself?
The real losers in the shutdown are the voters. It has been estimated by Standard and Poor’s that the cost to the economy from the shutdown was about 24 billion dollars which averages about $ 75 per each US resident during a time when many people continue to struggle to find a job or keep their present job while the economy continues to grow at a snail’s pace.
Once again it is up to you, the voters- accountable or Disney World!
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