Three-and-a-half years ago, every single Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives – and thirty-four Democrats – voted against Barack Obama’s socialized medicine bill. And since taking control of the House following the 2010 elections – thanks in large measure to anti-Obamacare fervor – numerous votes to repeal this job-crippling monstrosity have been cast.
In fact, just prior to departing for the August 2013 recess, the House approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., blocking Obama’s scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service from enforcing any portion of the new law.
Every Republican supported this measure – as did four Democrats.
Of course, any Obamacare repeal vote is dead on arrival in the Senate – meaning the GOP has only one real option if it is serious about scuttling this abomination. That option? Attach a legislative rider to the upcoming budget resolution defunding the measure entirely — and then batten down the hatches, vowing to vote against any amended spending resolution containing Obamacare funding.
In other words, Republicans must strip Obamacare from the upcoming appropriations measure – and reject any effort by the Senate to re-insert it. Doing so would force Obama and his allies to either accept a spending plan that does not contain ObamaCare funding – or shut down the government in protest.
In years past, Republicans have been reticent to invite a shutdown of government – fearing backlash from the liberal media. But the debate over defunding Obamacare is different.
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