September 21, 2013
E.J. Dionne: Republicans are desperate for a shutdown - The Washington Post: 'via Blog this'
In an interview on Fox News this summer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) a leader of the stop-Obamacare forces, gave the game away. After ritualistically declaring that “Obamacare isn’t working,” he said this: “If we’re going to repeal it, we’ve got to do so now or it will remain with us forever.” Why? Because once the administration gets the health insurance “exchanges in place. . . the subsidies in place,” people will get “hooked on Obamacare so that it can never be unwound.” In other words, Obamacare, like Medicare and Social Security, could work well enough and improve the lives of enough people that voters will get “hooked” on it. For fear of this, the tea party’s champions would shut down the government and risk financial calamity over the debt ceiling? Even the Wall Street Journal’s reliably anti-Obama editorial page on Tuesday upbraided the “kamikazes” of the right.
Posted by Dr. Fred L. Nance Jr. at 9/21/2013 09:21:00 AM