From an Australian point of view it is hard to understand what is currently going on in the US.
We cannot see what the objection could possibly be to a scheme that provides affordable health insurance to millions of citizens who currently have none. Surely this is a good thing.
We also do not understand how the government can get into a situation where services are shut down because the peoples wages cannot be paid.
Americans you call yourselves the greatest country in the world yet you want to deny universal health cover to your poorer citizens and then put your own economy at great risk to fight it.
Your level of crime, gun ownership and resultant massacres, the level of poverty and homelessness and your strange habit of voting for everything including people in your legal and law enforcement areas cause most Australians, whilst also considering yourselves a great ally and friend, to be rather bemused.