Day two of the government shutdown and for most people, other than the ones who received furlough notices yesterday, the effects are probably just starting to sink in. For others, it probably won’t make much of a difference ever. Life will go on as usual. But there are quite a few people out there who will soon be feeling the effects of the government shutdown physically.
People who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP aka food stamps) and the Child Nutrition Programs (school lunches and other feeding programs) may lose this much needed supplement by the end of October if the the government does not get its act together. WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will receive no more federal funding. Depending on reserves left at each state, the effects could be immediate.
For government employees who were sent home yesterday on furlough, and without pay, this could be a painful hit depending on how far and long congress will choose to carry out their pissing contest. As we all know, some people are better prepared for contingencies than others while many are probably operating pay-check-to-pay-check. When the time comes that they’ve scraped down to the bottom of their cushion, guess what… so will the assistance programs by then. Many may actually feel the effects of this shutdown in their guts. Literally.
If this shutdown lasts much longer, guess what else follow? How about programs that keep us healthy like the immunization programs that are just gearing up for flu season? How about food inspection and safety programs that ensure what we’re eating is safe?
And when you get to the bottom line of why the congress is bogged down, you realize its all because of the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare which has already been passed into law and ratified. So, now we will have constituents that will get even sicker and poorer and still no viable health system to take care of them. Does that sound like what you want your representatives to be doing on your behalf?