Government shutdown possible over ObamaCare funding

Embolden by the administration’s implementation troubles, including the recent delay of the employer mandate, congressional Republicans are ready for a showdown over ObamaCare — defund ObamaCare or shut down the federal government:

ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall.

Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But such a move is a nonstarter for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Republicans have tried this maneuver in Obama’s first term, only to back off later to the chagrin of Tea Party leaders.

This time, GOP lawmakers are emboldened by problems plaguing the administration’s ObamaCare implementation. But that zeal could put Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a tough spot. Both leaders have downplayed previous talk of shuttering the government.

The Hill reports that 64 House Republicans signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urging him not to bring a spending bill to the floor that contains funding for ObamaCare. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) pushed the issue earlier this month in response to the Obama Administration’s delay of the employer mandate.

“The only solution is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to fix our health care system,” said Lee in a statement. “Short of full repeal, however, those of us who care about the health care and security of the American people still have a duty to act. If the president has decided he won’t enforce his law as it is written, then Congress should not fund any further implementation of it at all.”

Despite implementation problems and near constant opposition from Americans, there is next to no chance that President Obama and congressional Democrats will back down from their stance in support of ObamaCare.


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