The U.S. Government began closing down this week except for the
most essential services. Such things as the national parks and
tourist facilities have been de-funded at least temporarily.
President Obama met with leaders of the Congress; however,
both sides are readying for some tough negotiating.
President Obama is looking to preserve The Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act intact while Republicans are contemplating
ways to dismantle the program. Some commentators have suggested
placing Congress under the Obamacare instead of allowing them to
have a 75% reduction in cost for health care delivery. The idea is
to have everyone subject to the same rules so that the Obamacare
can be retrofitted to practical implementation imperatives down
In addition, Congress could repeal the penalty provisions of
Obamacare and raise money by taxing excess or wasteful consumption.
In addition, the incentives in the healthcare system should reward
wellness attainment and not simply manage disease processes.
Americans already are discovering that the government shutdown
could pose a risk to public safety by having government agencies
operate on a skeletal staff for an indeterminate period of time.
The top Republican leaders realize that Obamacare is a done
deal in actuality. The real battle is not with Obamacare but with
raising the debt ceiling which was done multiple times under
The key to the debt ceiling is to strike a bargain on containing
debt within a predetermined relevant range in alignment with a
growing GDP, as well as a larger population in the U.S. over the
Reagan, Bush and Clinton years. The bargain between President
Clinton and the Congress on government spending resulted in
balanced budgets and surpluses as far as the eye could see.
Today, President Obama and the Congress must strike a similar
debt deal and make it stick by staying out of costly foreign