CNN host Don Lemon lays blame for the government shutdown squarely on the GOP.
The government shut down at midnight on Tuesday after Congress failed to reach a spending agreement.
"I am so mad this morning," Lemon said on Tom Joyner's radio show. "As I've been watching lawmakers over the last few weeks debate the issues that led to the shutdown--you know what that is, health care--I felt helpless and I felt betrayed to say the least... One, because of the false narrative that both sides caused this shutdown. That's not true. It was caused by Republicans, mainly Tea Party Republicans."
He lamented the intricacies and unfairness of the country's health care system, and said the best way to avoid it altogether was to live a healthful lifestyle.
"Today, I am making a pledge to myself and to you, and I hope you join me, to do whatever is in your control, big or small, to make your health, your life better," Lemon said. His 30-day pledge includes eating better, getting a check-up, exercising and cutting out soda and juice as well as alcohol.