Congress voted to repeal the affordable care act dozens of times. Yet, with 15.4 percent of Americans uninsured, there needs to be a discussion around health insurance.
However, instead of a discussion about health care, the government was shut down. A 72% majority of Americans disapprove of the government shutdown.
Here are just a few of the impacted agencies that have been impacted by the government shutdown.
The redirect for the Women Infants Children Program (WIC) website
The redirect for the NASA website
A message from Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency. The shutdown of US government is having impacts in countries outside of the US.
A message from NOAA
The National Parks are closed.
The National Institute of Standards (that place that oversees the atomic clock as well as other cool research) is closed.
The department of education is also shut down.
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Veterans Affairs: “The President, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the administration strongly believe that a lapse in appropriations should not have occurred on October 1, 2013”
Department of Transportation
National Institutes of Health: “Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop, and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.”
Environmental Protection Agency
Small Business Innovation Research website
Department of Energy
National Science Foundation
Jet Propulsion Laboratories
Meanwhile, Colorado has to pay the National Guard using state funds so that 200 miles of state highways can begin to be repaired, and some members of congress are still accepting salaries during the government shutdown.