When the Affordable Care Act was written, there was language put into the bill that included funding that took that out of the budgetary process. The ACA was passed into law and the U.S. Supreme Court made the decision that it was constitutionally legal. Since that time, the Republican Party has been doing its best to try to repeal that law, 43 times and failed each time.
Rather than try to improve the language in the law, the Republican majority of the representatives and a few of the Republican senators have done their best to try to repeal or stop the implementation of that Affordable Care Act into society. Certainly, being a new health care law, it is having teething problems as it is introduced to the American public. There have been stoppages in the online application processes and some other frustrations. Remember, the open season is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. There is time to work out the bugs in the programming and for everyone who wants to sign up for health insurance coverage in the healthcare market place, to get their applications in. If that is done before Dec. 15, 2013, the plan is effective as of Jan. 1, 2014. The Republicans have gone so far as to shut down the federal government to try to stop the implementation of the new law.
That is really a low blow to the American public. This is being fostered by a very few members of the Republican majority in the Congress.
They are even telling false truths to try to intimidate the president into bowing to their ideas but that hasn't worked, either. Why don't the members of the Congress finally pass a new budget, one that hasn't been done for a few years and start doing the jobs that they were elected to do and quit acting like school yard bullies who think that they can disrupt the whole U.S. economy to get their way? After all, next year is an election year and they are all going to have to rerun for the offices they hold now. We all will remember what has been done.