With the dust settled after the 2013 government shutdown, Obamacare -- the law that catalyzed the drama of recent weeks, as Republican sought to stop it -- remains entirely untouched.
The shutdown and threat of default did not stop the rollout of Obamacare on Oct. 1. And though the GOP sought to slay the Obamacare dragon with a whole host of weapons, the only concession that they won is a meaningless one. The Obama administration will have to verify the income of people who receive financial help to buy insurance through the law.
They were supposed to do that, anyway, though the administration had scaled back the scope this summer. Even conservative wonks like the Washington Examiner's Phillip Klein acknowledged that what was included in Wednesday's deal was a "watered-down" provision.
But for posterity's sake, let's remember the numerous ways that Republicans aimed to kill the law they loathe so deeply. It should be noted that some of these ploys were combined together in the GOP's various proposals.
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