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Letter: Gov't shutdown and who's to blame

The Capitol Dome in Washington, DC.

The Capitol Dome in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images, 2008

Blaming the Republicans for attempting to defund Obamacare would be far more compelling if the president had not unilaterally changed parts of the law five times ["Shutdown spurs partisan attacks," News, Oct. 7].

One of those changes was a one-year delay of the employer mandate. Is it outrageous that Republicans would like to delay the individual mandate, extending this same privilege to working people?

The health care sector makes up 18 percent of the U.S. economy, and Obamacare will radically transform the health care delivery system. This act was passed without a single Republican vote.

Republican ideas for tort reform and the ability to purchase insurance across state lines were never incorporated. The candidate who stated that he didn't want to pit red America against blue America has fallen far short of that campaign pledge.

Margaret Read Federico, Massapequa

The older I get, the more I realize the job of a politician is not to get something done, but to make sure the other party doesn't get anything done.

Seems like the bipartisan ship sailed a long time ago.

Bruce Conger, Seaford

My son-in-law is a career Navy submariner who is on a six-month deployment. I asked my daughter if the government shutdown is affecting them. She confirmed that they will not receive sea pay, deployment separation pay or hazardous duty pay. They are also owed a re-enlistment installment payment. The only payment will be his base pay.

As a result, their bills will go unpaid. The GOP shutdown of our government is impacting the safety and security of our country.

In the 2014 elections, the American people can make a clear statement to the GOP. Just whose side are you on, the side of the tea party or of the United States?

Warren Goercke, Bayport

Whether Democrats like it or not, in accordance with our Constitution, the Congress controls the purse strings. It is well within Congress' constitutional authority to defund any federal program, including Obamacare.

The law should be tabled if for no other reason than it is no longer what it was when it was passed. According to the Congressional Research Service, the president has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay Obamacare on his own.

The news media blame the Republican-led House for playing parliamentary tricks, while it was the Democratically controlled Senate that shut down the government, by voting against a bill that funded all of government except for Obamacare.

Mike Quadrino, Smithtown