CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- History will record autumn 2013 as a time when minority Republicans waged a bizarre Washington battle to prevent 30 million "working poor" Americans from obtaining medical insurance.
In their frenzy to scuttle the Affordable Care Act, GOP House members shut down the U.S. government and threw America into a nightmare. It seems like a season of lunacy -- inflicting severe damage, just to block health care for less-privileged families.
Actually, a significant number of moderate House Republicans now seem ready to defy GOP tea party extremists and vote for a "clean" resolution to reopen the government and also let the ACA proceed. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed such a resolution -- but Speaker John Boehner won't let the House vote on it, because he fears that tea party radicals would try to defeat him in the 2014 elections.
"Hold a vote," President Obama told Boehner during a Washington stop Monday. "Call a vote right now. Let's see what happens. ... Let the bill go to the floor and let's see what happens. Just vote."
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York echoed:
"Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it. We have just about every Democrat. Twenty-one Republicans have publicly said they would. There are many more Republicans who have said privately that they would."
As we said before, we hope West Virginia's two Republicans in Congress, Shelley Capito and David McKinley, will join the growing GOP ranks ready to solve the national crisis.
One disgruntled House Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, bitterly accused far-right Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of duping House members into thinking they could halt the Affordable Care Act by damaging America. Nunes said the national ordeal will continue "until the Cruz people decide and admit to our base that their whole premise of getting rid of Obamacare by shutting down the government was a lie."