One more delicious piece of irony
The shutdown the GOP engineered over opposition to Obamacare… is having no impact on it. Only discretionary spending is impacted, and the ACA is on the non-discretionary side of the budget.
The sooner the GOP fragments into an extremist right-wing party of teabaggers, and a more moderate right-of-center party with whom it would in principle be possible to actually debate and work and come to agreements and negotiate and get things done, the better off the country will be. And maybe then the Democrats can go back to actually being left of center instead of just right of center and we can get away from the ‘greed is good’ mentality that dominates both parties right now.
I have to laugh at those who call Obama and the Democrats “socialists” and “communists”. In any other functioning democracy on this planet, they would be considered the centrist party, even just a touch on the conservative side. In the UK, President Obama would far more likely be a Conservative than he would be in Labour. The leadership of the GOP simply would not be in power anywhere, because they would be in UKIP and other extremist minority parties.
You want to see actual socialists in action? Look at the Nordic states. And note that Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland reliably land at the very top of just about every measure you can think of for measuring social well-being.