Today is the second day of the United States federal government shut down. This affects me directly as a federal government employee. I’m one of the 800,000 federal employees considered to be “non-essential” and placed on furlough until the government opens up again.
The reasoning for the shutdown is purely politically based over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) that went into effect October 1, 2013, the beginning of the federal 2014 fiscal year. The act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate. It was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The constitutionality of the legislation was upheld by the United States Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. Yet, one fraction of one political party in one branch thought they could shut down the government over a political agenda. The law was passed by the book. That one fraction needs to concede that they lost the political battle and now do what they are required to do: fund the program.
Below is the statement President Obama gave yesterday regarding the shutdown.