Obamacare payments: Can't we just skip to the end?
It's not that hard to figure out how the standoff over Obamacare payments to insurers is going to end: with a compromise. The betting in DC right now is something like this: Republicans agree to fund the payments for the Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies in the upcoming spending bill, but only for a year at a time, not permanently as Democrats want.
So why can't we just fast forward to that part now? Here are the reasons we'll have to go through yet another government shutdown drama to get there.