Well, this has effectively became the relationship Obama has with the Republicans with regards to Obamacare.
In a few months, the ACA exchanges will go online and people will be able to sign up for health insurance through them. Once January 1st comes around, The ACA will be almost fully implemented and more likely than not instilled as the norm going forward. This scares the GOP to no end because...well, no one knows really why they oppose giving people easier access to health coverage. But still, it scares them mightily. Having lost the 2012 election and deciding to not help reform the law to perform better, the GOP has decided to take up a new tactic: Demand A Repeal of the ACA or Shut Down The Gov't
Senate Republicans are gathering behind a new message that they would rather cut funds to the government—preventing it from running properly—than allow Obamacare to live another day. As Florida Sen. Marco Rubio put it earlier this month: “You want to delay implementation? Don’t fund it.”
Yes, the GOP is threatening to hit the debt ceiling and cease funding the gov't if Obamacare isn't repealed or defunded. In other words, they're going to hold their breath til they turn blue until they get their toy! And why? Because the American people will stand by a minority party refusing to enforce the laws on the books in which the President was just reelected on, right?
We all know how this will play out. They will hold their breath til they can't. Indeed, some Republicans are already breaking from this message including John McCain and Richard Burr. They're no longer 6 years old and figured out holding their breath won't work.
John Boehner conceded after the 2012 election that Obamacare is "law of the land," and implied they wouldn't spend time repealing the whole thing. And yet, here we are.
So when this tactic doesn't work, we can expect the GOP to go kicking and screaming and embarrassing everyone in Washington. In fact, according to a Reuters report, we already see what shape this stage will look like: trying to deceive people from buying into the exchanges.
Sadly, these are the children President Obama must deal with in the coming months and year. If you're still not convinced, let me give you this tidbit from an interview Rubio conducted recently, reported by way of Greg Sargent's Plum Line
You might need to take a breath and read that segment again because it's that ridiculous. If you're trying to figure out how to wrap your head around that proclamation, just think back to that time you were in the store and a kid was holding his breath and it will all make sense.