Many debate who is to blame. Recent polls say the public places more blame on the Republicans. An Associated Press-GfK Survey poll released last week said 62 percent of the public blames the Republicans, while 50 percent say Democrats also bear much responsibility.
A common argument among Democrats is that the Republicans have no business of using the Affordable Care Act in the fight over funding the government. Obamacare, they say, was passed by a congressional majority, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, and confirmed with the re-election of President Barack Obama.
All good points, but many of the Republicans who now make up the House majority got elected in 2010 in response to the then Democratic majority's approval of Obamacare.
They, and their constituents, see Obamacare as another gargantuan federal government program that will require an ever-increasing amount of funds, as well as being an overreach into the lives of citizens.
Refusal by Democrats to acknowledge that point adds to the stalemate.
American voters elect representatives to resolve problems, not create them.
Business as usual isn't good enough anymore.