- Your Town
To the editor,
The person most responsible for the government shutdown is Senator Harry Reid. He refused to let the Senate vote on two very good proposals from the House. The first proposal was that the House would fund the government if the Senate would delay for a year the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Recall that President Obama allowed big businesses to put off providing health insurance for their employees for a year. It was undoubtedly unconstitutional for Obama to do this since the Constitution doesn’t give the President the power to change legislation or decide to whom it is applied, but since he did give a pass to big business, why not give a pass to individuals? But Harry Reid said no.
The second proposal was that the House would fund the government if the Senate would agree that members of Congress and their staffers participate in Obamacare like the rest of us are now required to do. Recall that President Obama issued an Executive Order exempting Congress and their staffers from Obamacare, allowing them to keep their current very excellent health care package subsidized by the American Taxpayer. This action by the President also was probably unconstitutional. Anyway, Harry Reid said NO. Why? Doesn’t he think the laws passed by Congress apply to all Americans, even the ones in Congress?