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"I hope people learn from this experience," said the Utah Democrat. "This situation is irresponsible. It hurt so many people in our country and it shouldn’t have happened. I’m glad it is resolved today and I hope we can learn from that and behave in a better way going forward."
And Matheson, an opponent of Obamacare, has a different opinion than Lee. He believes the shutdown may end the persistent Republican attempts to dismantle the health law, shifting the conversation to fixing flawed portions.
Obama heralded the breakthrough in brief comments to reporters and immediately asked Congress to shift its attention to immigration reform and a long-stalled farm bill.
"I want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done," he said. "Hopefully, next time, it won’t be in the 11th hour. One of the things that I said throughout this process is we’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis."
The White House said there were no winners in the shutdown fight, though Republicans essentially capitulated to most of the Democrats’ demands and the Affordable Care Act escaped nearly untouched. The GOP’s lone win out of the deal was a concession that people receiving subsidies to buy health insurance would have to prove they’re eligible.
"If they put on the verification of income on Obamacare, that’s a win," said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. "I mean, these are not the same thing as delaying the damn thing, but it’s a win."
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who had faced a fractured caucus during the budget debate, says the effort wasn’t all for naught. But he told the Cincinnati radio station WLW that the GOP clearly lost.
"We fought the good fight," Boehner said. "We just didn’t win."
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