All senators and representatives should NOT be paid during shutdowns. In particular, the president, White House staff and cabinet members. In addition, all available petty cash and discretionary funds should be frozen from use by any elected official and their a Federal employees. In addition, all elected officials should be required to use (and pay out of pocket for) the same health insurance as their state constituents. This means that any elected official (and their immediate families) would be required to use the same healthcare providers offered by their states affordable care act system. The elected officials should be barred from participating in their spouses health insurance plans. If elected officials had to suffer the same devastating financial consequences of bad health insurance, then they would be less likely to vote for fair and affordable health care and ignore special interest groups who work against it. A similar strategy helped end the Vietnam war. As soon as the draft became a Federal lottery system, putting everyone at equal risk- congressional sentiment changed and the war ended. So if elected officials think the affordable care act provides sufficient coverage, then they should be willing to be willing to use it exclusively.