U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said it was a mistake for House Republicans to force a government shutdown unless the health insurance program was repealed. The Missouri Republican said he knew the strategy “simply wouldn’t work’’ and had “no potential of success’’ when it came to scuttling the health insurance program.
Blunt noted that the shutdown began on the same day as enrollment began for the health insurance exchanges, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Blunt added, however, that he still supported pressing the administration to delay implementation of the individual mandate for acquiring insurance, now set to go into effect in 2014.
Blunt said if the shutdown doesn’t end this week, the budget debate will become enmeshed in the looming congressional fight over the federal debt ceiling. The ceiling will be breached later this month unless it is increased.