Yes - there are some things that appear unbelievable:
How can a small bunch of mad redneck teaparty followers in congress hold an entire administration at ransome?
How is there even a debate in a civilized country about mutual responsibility on social security and medical treatment?
How is it possible to politically link the approved issue of Obamacare (he was reelected, wasn´t he) to financial issues of the administrative operations?
This is all unbelievable, totally silly and it does in no way reflect any democratic maturity. But then - what is to expect from an election system, that is restlessly pushing new elections every 2 years (president - congress and all over again).