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‘Obama has lost ability to govern’
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US President Barack Obama appears to have "lost his ability to govern” as the fight is going on between Congressional Democrats and Republicans over budget, says Bill Jones from Executive Intelligence Review.


The US government was partially closed down as of Monday midnight after the two houses of Congress failed to agree on the spending bill.

Jones told Press TV that if the Republican majority in the House of Representatives holds together opposing the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, anything that the Democrats would put forward will not pass the chamber.

House Speaker John Boehner is resisting President Obama’s major demand, which is the full implementation of his healthcare reform program, in an effort to get “some kind of compromise,” he added.

The GOP-controlled House is pressuring the president to at least delay his health program for one year, arguing that the plan is too costly. But Obama and other Democratic leaders oppose any delay or amendment of the bill, saying it’s beneficial for millions of Americans.

President Obama has said in an interview with the Associated Press that Boehner is the “only” obstacle to ending the government shutdown.

He said on Friday that there are enough members in the House to reopen the government but “the only thing that is keeping that from happening is Speaker Boehner [who] has made a decision that he is going to hold out to see if he can get additional concessions from us."

Since the government shutdown, more than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed. Despite public pressure to reach a resolution, the lawmakers have not yet reached a deal to fund the government.

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