Shutdown: A fight with no room for compromise

… Conservatives have a talent for denying facts. “The American people overwhelmingly reject Obamacare,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Meet the Press, “They understand it’s not working.”

Do they? Well, the public has always been skeptical of the Affordable Care Act. Americans polled last week by Quinnipiac University were split over the new healthcare law — 45 percent support it and 47 percent oppose it.

But do they favor Congress cutting off funding for the law? No, by 58 percent to 34 percent. Do they favor shutting down major activities of the federal government as a way to stop the healthcare law? No, 72 percent to 22 percent. As for the law “not working,” people just started signing up on Monday. More than a million Americans visited the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, before 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. [cont.]

Bill Schneider (George Mason U.), Reuters

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