The republicans and the democrats can't agree on Obamacare. The democrats can't even agree with themselves. While accusing the republicans of wanting to shut down the government and keeping it shut, it is the democrats who are voting against themselves in order to maintain the status quo on the shutdown.
Let's go back to January of 2013. The senate voted 79-20 to repeal the medical equipment tax, but since it was an amendment to the budget it wasn't binding. 34 democrats voted for repeal. Now, let's fast forward to last week. The House passed a bill to repeal the medical device tax. Not one democrat voted for repeal.
The passage of Obamacare was a cloak and dagger operation perpetrated by the democrats eager to take over 17% of the country's economy. And in the end, we got a bill that was not only unpopular, but unconstitutional. Being unable to pass the House version, the democrats decided to pass the Senate version and then resort to reconcilliation to implement it.
Obamacare is a spending bill and according to the US constitution, all spending bills must originate in the House.
“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
Article I, Section 7, Clause 1
Before the bill was passed, Nancy Pelosi claimed that once people knew what was in the bill, they would love it, but in order to find out what was in the bill, they had to pass it first. Couldn't they have just read it? As it stands now, that would have helped but since the head of the HHS, Kathleen Sebelius could add required coverage, it still wouldn't have given us the full story.
It has become apparent that the two sides are never going to agree because democratic leaders won't allow it. There is only one thing left to do. Let's make a binding referendum, to be voted on by the voters who will have to live with it. Let 65 or 70 million Americans enter a voting booth and pull the lever, the way they see fit.
This would be a final settlement. Should Obamacare pass, Republicans could never try to repeal it ever again. If Obamacare fails, the democrats would never be able to bring it back up. Individual laws could be passed with a 60% super majority, such as preexisting conditions and opening all states to unlimited competition from all insurance companies.
If the Democrats truly believe that the majority of Americans want Obamacare, they should jump at the chance to make it safe forever more. But don't bet the rent money on it. They've watched the polls for the last 3 1/2 years and still the polls against remain in double digits.
And the truth is no amount of stonewalling will prevent Obamacare from being enacted at this point. The 2012 elections sewed that up. That's actually good news for Republicans. 2014 will not be a debate on who is lying and who is telling the truth on Obamacare. It will be a vote by people suffering great harm from an ill conceived bill.