What people are saying about the GOP's effort to defund ObamaCare.
Charles M. Blow, The New York Times: "There is nothing between the House and the president but a table of cease-fire and surrender at which no one will sit. The House Republican caucus is full of Captain Ahabs, and President Obama is their Moby Dick. ... Is the drive to destroy the legacy of one president worth endangering the health of a nation? ... Around the last time the Republicans held the economy hostage over the raising of the debt ceiling in 2011, the Pew Research Center found that only 18% of Americans said they understood very well the implications of not raising the limit. ... Congressional Republicans are banking on that confusion. They just might use Americans' concerns about the economy to destroy the economy."
Barbara Anderson, Newburyport (Mass.) Daily News: "Obama and Democratic leaders want bipartisan compromise, i.e., they want it all done their way. They seem to think that our Founding Fathers made a mistake in giving the House the 'power of the purse.' ... Should Republicans roll over, fund the train wreck, uncomplainingly agree to another unbalanced budget, borrow until the national debt doubles again?"
Joshua Green, The Boston Globe: "Congress can't operate smoothly, and even a conclusive national election won't break the cycle of dysfunction. That's why I'm rooting for a shutdown, and you should be, too. At this point, it's the safest way to jolt Washington back to its senses. ... The severity of budget crises has steadily intensified as Congress has stopped working the way it is supposed to. It no longer operates as civic textbooks describe, where committees in both chambers study issues, pass bills and then reconcile them in a formal negotiating conference. Instead, party leaders began resorting to last-minute, back-room deals."
Paul Begala, CNN: "As a matter of rhetoric and positioning, (Obama) would be better served to state his position this way: 'I will gladly listen to any idea to improve the Affordable Care Act, or reduce the deficit, or any other ideas my Republican friends might have. But first we have to avoid default. That means paying the bills that Congress has already incurred. Once we've done that, we can negotiate on anything.' Same substantive position: Negotiations on policy come only after the nation avoids default. But this formulation emphasizes the president's willingness to be flexible on improving the (health care law) and other Obama priorities."
Stephen F. Hayes, The Weekly Standard: "Two cheers for Ted Cruz — and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded in one crucial respect: Everyone is talking about ObamaCare. And the more it gets talked about, the clearer its flaws are to an already skeptical public. ... Who knows exactly how this all plays out. But the fight on these indefensible provisions is a good one to have."
The Topeka Capital-Journal, editorial: "The law certainly has its flaws, but the president is not going to sign any legislation that abandons it, and threats to shut down the government or force it into default won't change that. It is time for Republicans and Democrats alike, including Obama, to crawl out of their entrenched positions and begin working together in good faith to amend the (law) and fix its worst flaws — as soon as they take steps to keep the government running."