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Furloughed federal workers join a rally with Congressional Progressive Caucus to demand a vote to end the government shutdown, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Furloughed federal workers join a rally with Congressional Progressive Caucus to demand a vote to end the government shutdown, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  

Shutdown, but no slowdown in government expansion

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Steve Stanek
Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

To those who might object that Republicans are trying to end Obamacare, thus reducing government’s power, remember two things: (1) the Republican establishment leaders did not want a shutdown over ending Obamacare, and (2) Obamacare was modeled on Romneycare in Massachusetts. Mitt Romney, of course, was the Republican governor of Massachusetts who lost to Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

We can bet there’d be much less agitation against Obamacare in Republican Party ranks if Romney had defeated Obama.

Steve Stanek (sstanek@heartland.org) is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.