The media is very clear who they are calling out as the bad guys that led us to the current government shutdown. But who are the real bad guys here? The ACA was passed, and made law and even upheld in key elements by SCOTUS. President Obama has staked his legacy on it, and senior members of the senate have tied their political careers to its success. So there are plenty of stakeholders out there with skin in the game who cannot afford to see the ACA fail. Meanwhile, the republicans have launched a disjointed attack on the ACA by going after its funding. There is a lot of bile flying both ways. So who is in the right and who are the bad guys? Well, the mainstream press seems to be pointing to the republicans as the cause of the shutdown, thus arguably, the bad guys, right? I’m not so sure. Senator Dick Durbin (D. Ill.) stated that this is a good time to take advantage of the republican’s weaker position and raise the debt ceiling. That means spending more of my money than they were before, right? Senator Dianne Feinsten (D. CA) spoke at length earlier today about how the democrats are going to benefit from this whole shutdown mess, and will be able to gain additional concessions from the republicans for more spending. How is that a good thing? The mainstream media speaks of republican leaders are recalcitrant children speaking for a very small group of extremists on the far right of the RNC. Yet I can’t help but notice that most of the states in this country are red states. Most of the governors and most of the state legislatures are also red. The house has a wide majority of republicans, and the senate managed to defeat the republican funding bill by only 8 votes. So, I would think that dismissing the anti-ACA movement in our government and labeling the republicans leading it as extremists is inaccurate. Let’s not forget that the people leading the fight against the ACA are elected officials from states, districts, and home towns that are opposed to the ACA. It’s their job to represent those who elected them. And there are so many people out there who are opposed to Obamacare. How can the president and the DNC dismiss them so easily? So… who are the bad guys here? I’m not sure there any. I think we are seeing clashes between ideologically opposed groups that fundamentally believe that what they are doing is the right thing. Huge parts of the country support both sides. But that certainly won’t play well in the press… there needs to be a villain. So just go with whoever wears the color hat that you like best.