The government shut down because a small group of Republicans, led by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), insist on linking continued funding to repealing, defunding, or delaying Obamacare. Even many prominent Republicans acknowledge that the request is unreasonable and was destined to close the government. Still, in the last 10 days, the House passed three budget resolutions that undermined Obamacare in similar ways.
But some in the media still insist on pushing that false equivalence narrative that “both sides are to blame.”
Here are a few of the most egregious examples:
1. Washington Post:
3. Fox News:
4. Fox News (again)
5. MLive (Michigan):
6. USA Today:
They have good reason to think so. The Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded that maintained the status quo. There was nothing that reversed the consequences of sequestration cuts, and it even cut $200 billion, or 17 percent, from the original proposed budget.
Meanwhile, Cruz and House conservatives demanded a one-year delay of Obamacare just as the uninsured begin enrolling for healthcare on October 1.
While House GOP insisted it was Harry Reid who refused to budge, Republicans have refused Senate Democrats’ requests to compromise repeatedly over the last year. Minutes before midnight, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated he wanted to go to conference to address differences between the two budgets. However, Senate Democrats asked for a conference 18 times since April, only to be rejected every time.