US experienced 17 government shutdowns since 1977

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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The threat of a government shut down is nothing new, between 1977 and 1995 the country experienced 17 shutdowns. In 1995, it was the longest shutdown to date lasting 21 days.

The longest shutdown was a result of Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, wanting President Clinton to accept the Contract with America which would shrink the federal government and reform welfare.

Dr. Fried said, "The last shutdown in a way was a more normal process even though it was an extraordinary event to have that shutdown because it really was about specific elements of the budget so you could solve that by having people get together and make decisions about ultimately what the numbers should be." 

Both sides finally reached compromise during the last shutdown following public backlash. The issue this time is the Affordable Care Act. Some Conservative lawmakers appear willing to allow a government shutdown to delay parts of the act from going into effect.

According to Dr. Fried there is no compromise available. "If it is about delaying the Affordable Care Act or de-funding the Affordable Care Act. That's not really something that is negotiable...Really it will come down to what group will get its way than the other. It's really not a compromise situation," said Fried.

Even if the budget does not pass, the Affordable Healthcare Act will go into effect tomorrow because it is funded by a different, permanent budget.  

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