Lyons: Republicans desperate to prevent Affordable Care Act

It happened. A partial government shutdown went into effect Tuesday after Republicans and Democrats remained deadlocked over GOP attempts to derail or delay President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act.

Utah State University Political Science professor Mike Lyons was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program Monday and said he is not a fan of the health care act but he also said Republicans have failed to come up with one of their own.

“The Republicans almost appear desperate. There’s a reason why,” Lyons said. “Once this law goes into effect it will become more popular, almost certainly. The Republicans are worried about establishing a new entitlement.

“It’s true that when you establish an entitlement it becomes popular and people become dependent on it. It becomes accepted as the status quo.”

Lyons said examples of this are Social Security and even Pell grants for college students.

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