No Moderate Republicans Exist Anymore: Dowd

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Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg political analyst Matthew Dowd explains how the Affordable Care Act has taken center stage in the possible government shutdown as they open for business on October 1. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

And going back to the basics, what happened that day when they signed it?

The affordable care act is a huge government play in the midst of all the health care industry.

The headline on it is, how do you control costs and expand access to people who can't afford health care today?

What we are about to see happen tomorrow is the exchanges are going to go up and people have the opportunity to find out how much they could go on and save on their health care that don't have their own policies or a policy today.

The cheap party will say this will cost us more because we are bailing out the uninsured lazybones.

That is the stereotype.

That is part of what they say, but ultimately what they really say is, that it is basically socialism.

The government should not be involved in a part of the economy that should be left up to -- completely up to private practice.

That is why they don't really want to change parts of it.

They are completely philosophically opposed to the entire thing, which is why they are so stuck in intransigent on it.

Tomorrow if the government does shutdown, the health exchanges will be open for business.

The republicans have a point here that they have not been able to negotiate with the white house or the democratic senate over the affordable care act and therefore they have no choice but to put the government shutdown and potentially debt ceiling at risk?

The democrats are sort of spending a little bit, saying we are open to negotiation.

But they are not -- harry reid -- the president would veto it.

The bill is law.

The supreme court basically put a checkmark on it saying it is the law of the land.

The president had an election of 2012 and he ran on it and won election.

It is time actually for the republican to say, you may not like it and i may not like it that it is law of the land and we need to let it go in implementation.

If there are problems with the go back and fix it.

But it is the law.

But the bottom line, as you correctly state, philosophical -- they think it is socialism.

Is not about health care it would be something of because they are opposed to the president.

That is part of it -- but a fundamental thing, they don't think the government should be involved in this part of the private sector.

You are from texas, and we mentioned barry goldwater and we may joke about john calhoun.

Is there a moderate republican party?

The least least conservative part.

Why we are in the situation is democrats over time have moved away more left of center.

Republicans have moved away more right of center.

And each party is beholden to elements that are not represented by the -- majority of the country and that is the fundamental problem.

On my agenda is what stays open and what closes.

800,000 of the roughly 2 million federal workers under appropriations are for load, about 40% of those guys.

Perhaps a big portion of the dod, civilian employees, would not be going to work.

Most of the irs not going to work.

Is that a good or bad thing?

You wonder.

Whether you are getting a refund or not.

As part -- passport office is closed and rangers.

Talking smithsonian in washington, ellis island closed.

The fbi would continue to work and air traffic controllers.

The u.s. military will continue to defend the country but they may not get paid on time.

The mail service will continue because they are funded by the sale of postage stamps.

I would also point out what

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