As I’ve argued on several occasions in the past few days, the government shutdown arises from a few incontrovertible facts that many Republicans can’t seem to get through their heads:
In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president on a platform that included health-care reform. He defeated his Republican rival by an electoral-vote margin of 36 percentage points.
The following year, Obamacare was adopted by a majority vote in both houses of Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court later upheld the constitutionality of the measure.
In 2012, Obama’s campaign for a second term as president was based in part on passage ...