Update: Senate Rejects House Vote

The Senate has rejected the House version of the Continuing Resolution. It's being sent back to the House, who have a few hours to pass something in line with the Senate's version.

I don't see much reason for the Dems to give in on this, although I try not to underestimate their flair for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Once Obamacare starts rolling out, it's going to be much tougher for the GOP to demand it stop. Of course, they still have many ways to mess around with it before full implementation in January, and as SKM pointed out to me in comments, it's especially worrying that they might fuck around with the pre-existing conditions requirements. And I am sure they will do their best to wedge anti-contraception policy in whatever legislation they can! But politically, I think Obama and the Dems have nothing to gain by agreeing to a delay right now. And if the signup period gets rolling, then it's harder for the GOP to demand a delay.

I also utterly hate that defending Obamacare may mean that hundreds of thousands of government workers lose their pay for who knows how long, and that millions more will be affected by shutdowns and cuts, for who knows how long.

But I'm sure the media will happily explain why both sides are just as bad!

Feel free to discuss developments or leave updates below.

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