The Incredibly Pointless Government Shutdown Is About to End

Despite the best efforts of Ted Cruz and Tea Party fun bunch, the government shutdown will likely end this evening. Leaders in the Senate will soon vote on a deal that, if passed and put on the desk of President Obama by midnight tonight, will both end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by its October 17th deadline.

Senator Cruz has stated that he will not attempt to block or delay the vote, saying, "There's nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days."

For all their flouncing and rabble-rousing, conservatives have had few if any of their concessions added to the Affordable Care Act.

From Mother Jones:

Conservative Republicans had, over the course of the budget fight, demanded a one-year delay to Obamacare, a delay or repeal of the act's tax on medical-device manufacturers, and a "conscience clause," which would have allowed employers to block their employees from buying health insurance that covers birth control. None of those measures are expected to appear in the Senate's bill. The only concession Republicans seem to have won is a slightly stricter set of rules for verifying the incomes of Americans who are receiving subsidized health insurance under Obamacare.

There you have it. Insurance providers and employers will not be able to deny you your whore pills. Now go slut it up at a newly reopened national monument to celebrate.

[Mother Jones]

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