Democrats offered to negotiate the budget 18 times in the last six or seven months and the Repubs refused to even appoint a negotiator. This self induced crisis is on the Republicans heads.
Refusal to fund the law of the land, passed by both Houses, signed into law by the president, and affirmed constitutional by the Supreme Court led the GOP to shut down the government in a temper tantrum akin to two year olds.
jallman: "It's all good. At least you have a thick skin and can take being poked fun back at without crying. "
Well, to give you an idea of what kind of clout she may have, I'm liberal (though not a Democrat and not progressive), and I would even consider voting for her for President. I admire her that much.
But I don't know if fooling with Obamacare is on the table at all. It's an intricately woven maze of provisions that provide for funding of the Act and spreading of risk and such. I suspect they can't upset the apple cart too much in the beginning until they see what can and can't be removed or revised. It could end up costing the taxpayer.
It's like the Dems saying "we won't approve paying our bills unless Honda is required to start making more cars in this country." The two things aren't connected. They would be holding our credit hostage for a pony they want.
But the fact that it came from Collins carries weight, I'm sure. We'll see.