Well the United States government has shut down for the first time in 17 years. I'm no expert and I am not 100% sure exactly why our government has shut down but I do have an opinion. It's a power struggle between republicans and democrats and neither one will give an inch.

Let me start by saying, I am neither a republican nor a democrat. To be honest, I can't relate to either parties views. I guess I'm old school and still believe in freedom but we are no longer the land of the free.

This Obamacare bill is proof positive.

Beginning today, (October 1, 2013), we are "ordered" to purchase health insurance or "pay a penalty" for not doing so. How is that considered freedom. What happened to paying your way for those of us who are healthy?

I visit my primary physician twice a year for regular check-ups. Yes, I have high blood pressure but it is controlled by medication and the two visits a year to my doctor are to get a refill for my pills.

Why should I be "ordered" to purchase health insurance when my total cost is less than $300.00 a year for my health care? I am being forced to pay for something that "might" happen. FORCED...Forced to pay for something that should be a "personal" choice.

I know that Obamacare is not the only reason our government has shut down...but it is one of the reasons and it's something that I'm passionate about.

If I wanted health insurance, I'd buy it. I don't want, need nor deserve this infraction on my freedom. An infraction which forces me to shell out hard earned money for health insurance; money that could be used for let's say groceries, a light bill, clothing or gas to get to work and back!

Well, I got sidetracked as I knew I would with Obamacare. But, this government shutdown is hurting a lot of people more than myself. Non-essential government offices are being shutdown and those people are without a paycheck. How are they expected to pay bills and feed their family?

Grow up...learn to compromise. Your opinion isn't the only one that matters. Look at the big picture. Millions of people are being affected by your hardheadedness. Most people live from paycheck to paycheck and THEY are the ones that keep this country going.

Think about it.....

Please, feel free to post your opinion in the comment box below. BUT...I ask you not to bash myself or anyone else simply because our opinion differs from yours. Remember...freedom of speech. It's about all of the freedom we have left!

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