Speaker John Boehner just said in a press conference:

“The American people don’t want their government shutdown and neither do I. All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness, reopen the government, and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It’s as simple as that. But it all has to begin with a simple discussion.”

Sounds like what Obama and the Democrats are saying as well, no? First, open the government, then second, sit down and debate Obamacare (or anything else) that Republicans (or anyone else) wants to debate.

You can further take apart what Boenher said in pointing out that this is far from the beginning and that Obamacare has been discussed and debated for year and years. Obamacare, aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has been law since March 2010. The deadline for discussion and passage of the Continuing Resolution to fund the government was midnight September 30th. All discussions about that C.R. needed to conclude before then, and not “begin” after.

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