Blog | Monday, November 8, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Shut down the government and blame the opposition for it

The assault on health care reform has begun in earnest. What will begin as "trench warfare" over a piece-by-piece rollback of the legislation--for example, defunding the Internal Revenue Service so it couldn't enforce tax penalties on business and individuals who don't comply with health insurance requirements--could escalate into a government shut-down (and Republicans are already blaming the President for any eventual gridlock.) (AP, The Fiscal Times, The New York Times, MSNBC)

But think-tankers warn that success in chipping away at health care reform would weaken any eventual effort to fully repeal it. And, they acknowledge, repealing some parts would raise the deficit. President Obama acknowledged that the political toll has been costlier than expected, and that health care reform has been a long-avoided issue for exactly that reason. (Kaiser Health News, AFP)