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Most Americans, even those who are wary of Obamacare, do not support shutting down the federal government as a means to block funding for the health care law. In fact, polls taken in the past couple of weeks show that the majority believes this tactic makes little sense and puts partisan motives ahead of the country's financial security.
Unfortunately, it is harder every day to make sense of Congress.
The House of Representatives has voted 42 times to scrap the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This includes the 230-189 vote, mostly along party lines, Friday for a temporary budget to keep the government running through the middle of December while also eliminating Obamacare funding.
Republicans in the House know it is mathematically impossible to win a funding fight on Obamacare while Democrats control the White House and the Senate. They know this, and yet they keep trying to prove where they stand - as if we didn't already know.
Many moderate Republicans, including Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., seem caught in the impossible position of proving their level of conservatism to the most strident members of the GOP who make up the tea party.
Oh, for the good ole days when Republicans and Democrats in Washington had some patience and common sense about how and when to compromise.
If that were the case today, Republicans would accept the reality, at least temporarily, of Obamacare's passage so they can get to work on the budget and deal with the job market that has never rebounded from the Great Recession. That's not happening because too many members of Congress are worried that compromise and meaningful bipartisan work will leave them branded as unprincipled.
The political process is crippled by these ridiculous and extreme standards.
Opponents of Obamacare will have their day. But it's not going to be today or next week or next month.
Americans began signing up for health insurance through state exchanges on Tuesday. The coverage will begin for some in early 2014. Time will tell if Obamacare is good for the country. Americans will determine that, and they will vote for a new president in 2016. Until then, Congress has work to do, and the members should quit making the word "compromise" so unsavory and out of reach.
This editorial originally appeared in the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville. It is printed with permission.