Now that the government is open and its bills are being paid it is only natural to give a deep collective sigh of relief that the worst has passed. Unfortunately what we have witnessed over the past few weeks is but the latest chapter in a book yet to be completed.
Ted Cruz has vowed that he is undeterred by his latest defeat. He says that he will continue to do everything in his power to defund Obamacare. He will have yet another bite of that apple in the very near future.
Members of both parties will begin budget talks in the next couple of weeks. They have until December 13 to produce a budget compromise that has eluded congress for over five years. You can be assured that the subject of defunding Obamacare will be at the center of those debates.
Meanwhile the rollout of the Affordable Care Act continues to be an embarrassment to the administration. Word today is that the program is horrendously over budget. There are reports that the core of the problems stems from the use of ten year old technology incapable of handling the requirements of the program. Regardless of the cause, every day that the program fails to operate efficiently only serves to embolden Ted Cruz and his supporters.
We have only but turned the page on this story. There is much yet to be written.