Obama, liberals and Democrats have defined themselves by rigidly opposing even the most rudimentary repairs of Obamacare. Now they own it.
One major lesson to be learned from the government-shutdown-fiasco-that-solved-nothing is so simple that it is in danger of being overlooked:
You will not get anything done in Washington unless the American people are behind you. Democracy, indeed, works.
Thus the Republican shutdown attempt to pry major and necessary changes in government finance and health care policies failed because most Americans were put off, if not sickened, by the GOP's tactics. That's even though many of the same Americans agreed with the laudable goals of restructuring, if not repealing, Obamacare and ending the dumping of our IOUs on endless future generations.
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