Continuing his attack on Republicans for their determination to repeal his health care reform law, President Obama on Tuesday compared the ongoing federal budget stalemate to Apple’s roll-out of its most recent operating system.
Speaking from the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama said Republicans who believe there are problems with the Affordable Care Act should work to fix them, not allow the government to shut down.
“Consider that just a couple weeks ago Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system. Within days they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not how we do things in America. We don’t actually root for failure, … we keep going. In that context, I’ll work with anybody who has a serious idea to make the Affordable Care Act work better.”
Many parts of the government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, when the last fiscal year ended. On Capitol Hill, leaders in the House and Senate remain far apart on a deal to get Washington back up and running.