Radical Republicans in Congress tried to use the government shutdown to demand the dismantling of Obamacare. Republican leaders have embraced the Tea Party’s ultimatum that Obamacare must be destroyed at all costs.
"We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa—GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Indiana)
"What’s going to happen is we’re going to win the Senate and we’re then going to be able to do what’s best for the American people, which is to get rid of this law."—GOP Rep. Trey Radel (Florida)
"It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was."—a top GOP senator
"I want them to keep government shut down till Oct. 16, because a win in New Jersey means Democrats will fold."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa—GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (New Jersey)
"So now we're letting these guys, this lemming crew, play out their hand."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa aaaaaa aaaaa aaa aaaaaa—GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (California)
Since Congress did not pass a bill to fund the operations of the government after October 1, 2013, the federal government was forced to shut down. This had ripple effects across the nation, impacting our economy and middle-class families across the country.
In short, all of us. But, specifically, the shutdown harmed the elderly, veterans, and children. In just four days during the 1995 shutdown, 112,000 claims for Social Security retirement and disability benefits were not taken and 800,000 callers were denied service on SSA’s 1-800 number. Services critical to our veterans could have been disrupted if a government shutdown lasted for more than two or three weeks. Nearly 19,000 children enrolled in Head Start were at risk of losing services, educational institutions could not disburse critical funds to students, and nutritional support services for pregnant women and young children were stopped. Many clinical research trials stopped accepting new patients, turning away an estimated 200 patients, 30 of them children, this week alone.
If that wasn’t bad enough, an estimate from Standard & Poor’s indicated that the shutdown cost over $24 billion.
Republicans in Congress refused to fund the federal government unless their radical demands were met. They tried to hold the country hostage and force a choice between opening the government or denying millions of Americans access to healthcare through Obamacare. Democrats did not bow to these radical demands and fought to protect Obamacare and end the Republican shutdown.