Let's be clear about what the Democrats and the president are rejecting and shutting the government down over.
House Republicans passed a CR that fully funds the government, removes the subsidies to Congressional employees (so they have to play by the same rules as the people they represent), and a one year delay in the health insurance purchase mandate.
That last one is just a DELAY in the provision that FORCES people to buy health insurance. It doesn't shutdown the exchanges, it doesn't remove the pre-existing condition exemption or the cap on insurance company profits, it doesn't even remove the billions of dollars in new taxes.
All delaying the mandate does is say for the next year, just like the big corporations and big Obama campaign donors, the people are not forced to buy health insurance. They can still voluntarily do so. They can still shop the exchanges and still get their subsidies if they qualify.
It's called liberty, its called fairness. It allows the people who really believe in and want Obamacare to get it without forcing those who don't, to do so. Yet, Obama still is willing to shutdown the government because he wants to force a very, very small percentage of people to do something they don't want to.
And still the media wants to blame the GOP for the shutdown? They want to pretend as though a request for a delay in the mandate is some radical idea?