Published on October 5, 2013 at 7:05 AM
The New York Times: Opinionator: Wrong Side Of History
Sarah Palin finally got her death panels -; a direct blow from the Republican House. In shutting down the government, leaving 800,000 people without a paycheck and draining the economy of $300 million a day, the Party of Madness also took away last-chance cancer trials for children at the National Institutes of Health. And now that the pain that was dismissed as a trifle on Monday, a "slimdown" according to the chuckleheads at Fox News, is revealed as tragic by mid-week, the very radicals who caused the havoc are trying to say it's not their fault. It's too late. They flunked hostage-taking (Timothy Egan, 10/3).
The Washington Post: The GOP Should Speed Obamacare's Demise. Right Now, It's Not.
After much struggle and internal strife, Republicans seeking to block Obamacare have arrived at this achievement: Much of the government is closed -; except for Obamacare. The national parks are deserted but the health exchanges sputter and wheeze to life (Michael Gerson, 10/3).
Bloomberg: The Secret to Ending Washington's Standoff
Boehner and the Tea Party Republicans who have been calling the shots up to now have all but given up trying to end or even delay the Affordable Care Act. Reports of children being turned away from federal cancer-treatment programs are aligning the public against them. Polls say that Republicans are getting more of the blame than Democrats, and hopes for big Republican wins in 2014 are diminishing. The beginnings of a backlash could turn into something vicious if the calamity of a default should come to pass in two weeks and Boehner can't plausibly blame President Barack Obama (10/3).
The New Republic: The Republicans Are Starting To Reek Of Desperation
Boehner knows that shutting down the government was a bad idea and that allowing the federal treasury to default would be a much, much worse idea. He has said so explicitly. And yet here he is, shutting down the government and threatening to allow a default if Democrats won't agree to undermine Obamacare. Every move Boehner has made in the last few days has reeked of panic. This talk of a new grand bargain does too (Jonathan Cohn, 10/3).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.