Some call them the next iteration of the Do-Nothing Congress, but a better moniker for our legislators may actually be the Do-Harm Congress. This week, a small and stubborn group of House members steered the nation into a government shutdown in what is essentially a giant tantrum over the Affordable Care Act—a law that was passed by Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, and that will be implemented regardless of whether the government is shut down.
By allowing the government to shut down instead of governing responsibly, Congress could cost our economy up to $2 billion and an untold number of precious jobs. Unsurprisingly, it’s the most vulnerable who will be hurt first and worst: more than eight million pregnant women, young mothers, and infants could be cut off from nutrition assistance, Head Start programs across the country will begin closing their doors today, and almost six million small businesses will lose financial support. All this comes from a desperate and pointless attempt to prevent more than 30 million Americans from getting health care.