There have been so many controversies
that have c...
U.S. Government Shut Down of 2013
There have been so many controversies
that have come out from the time when President Obama was elected into office.
There have been many speculations in relation to this issue such as race since
President Obama is the only African-American person to be elected as the U.S.
President. According to Van, “This was as a result of the typical Democrat and
Republican controversies that occur involving the two parties” (23). Either
way, the U.S. government came to a complete shutdown in 2013. The occurrence in
2013 was the first of its kind to happen during the last eighteen years. The
last time the U.S. government experienced this type of event was in 1996,
during the government of President Clinton. Even though, there are a lot of
probable reasons to explain the shutdown of the government, this is in the
country's interest as well as its’ citizens. Miroff et al. asserts that “The
2013 shutdown of the U.S. federal government is ranked as the second longest
ever since 1980, as well as the most important one on record, in relation to
employee furlough days” (23).
The main cause of the 2013 shutdown of
the U.S. government was as a result of the Obamacare program, which was
surrounded with a lot of controversies because of many reasons. President Obama
had enforced “The Affordable Care Act” which would allow every American to have
the chance of affording healthcare.
Whereas putting the Affordable Care Act into effect only concerns about
15% of the population in the U.S., it brought about a major debate with
Republicans as well as the medical society.
During that time, the Republicans who were in Congress as well as the
House of Representatives were not prepared to offer support to Obamacare in any
aspect. However, even though it appears
as if this new law required more discussions with the government officials, it
was not normal for the Republicans to close down the government’s day-to-day
There are many basis for complaining
regarding the Affordable Care Act aspects. There was no public option, and,
therefore, people had no choice but to access care by means of the private
insurers. The controls for costs are limited, implying that the doctors, drug
businesses, as well as medical-supply organizations, would probably continue to
charge patients too much. However, the Republicans were not concerned about
these issues. The absence of sufficient cost controls in addition to other
problems regarding its items would be fixed after the Obamacare program was in
place. Therefore, these problems would scarcely validate the 2013 government
shutdown in the U.S. (Miroff et al. 92).
After the attempt to obstruct passage
of Obamacare act in 2010 failed, as well as the 2012 losing of a Supreme Court,
the right wing aspects of the Republican Party in the U.S. House of Representatives
put together a provision to a spending bill that needed withdrawal of funding
for the implementing of the Affordable Care Act so as to finance the rest of
the government. The bill was then forwarded to the United States Senate. The
Senate withdrew the provisions in relation to withdrawing funds for the
Affordable Care Act, and after that sent it to the House. After that, the House
sent back an edition of the bill that postponed the execution of the Act in a
period of one year, and it was not taken up for consideration by the Senate
(Miroff et al. 13).
According to Marcovici (87), the origin
of the 2013 shutdown by the Republicans was politically straightforward: They
are afraid that people would get it and then like it. As a result, this would
devastate the key political message that the Republican Party had. Whereas the
Republicans have attacked almost everything that President Obama had proposed
during his presidency, the Affordable Care Act aroused more vitriol than the
Due to 2013 shutdown of the federal
government, many small businesses suffered a lot, with more than 800,000
government workers furloughed while Veteran Administrations, as well as
national parks, were closed down. According
to Miroff et al. (71), this was a remarkable blow to the U.S. economy. Most of the employees furloughed offer some
sort of security measure for the U.S. Many U.S. citizens lacked the time to
ponder over laws such as the Obamacare. The media's perception of objectivity
means they pass along assertions of the Republicans in relation to Obamacare
with no comment, in spite of how incongruous the assertions might be.
Therefore, many people hold lots of false beliefs in relation to Obamacare
In conclusion, understanding what is in
the balance for the Republican Party, it is simple to perceive why they were be
eager to shut down the federal government or still fail to pay the government's
debt. The mission of this agenda was entirely wrongheaded. The Democrats misled
even its followers in believing that Obamacare was not proper. The shutdown of
the government was therefore not a necessary course of action.