— darthredpandacare™ (@darth) October 16, 2013
The one concession Republicans got is meaningless:
There’s nothing about the income verification measures that passed Wednesday night that will change Obamacare, aside from a few staff members at Health and Human Services devoting some hours to gathering the data and writing up these reports. And that probably explains why Democrats were okay with passing this language in the first place.
Congress has just shuttered much of the federal government for more than two weeks and risked a market-shattering federal default in order to convene a meeting of budget negotiators.
And at the cost $24 billion in lost economic output. Sheer vandalism.