Republicans in the U.S. Congress are negotiating the repeal of two unpopular Obamacare provisions in an effort to end the partial shutdown of the federal government which began earlier this week.
However it remains to be seen whether the two concessions will be enough for fiscal conservatives.
GOP leaders are offering Barack Obama and Democrats in the U.S. Senate their choice of a 45-day or 75-day temporary funding resolution in exchange for the permanent repeal of Obamacare’s $3.2 billion medical device tax and the elimination of the congressional health care subsidy.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner tried to rally his troops behind the elimination of the subsidy earlier this week.
“Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?” Boehner said.
This is yet another example of Boehner’s galling hypocrisy. As recently as July Boehner was working closely with Senator majority leader Harry Reid and House minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) to ensure these subsidies remained in place for members of Congress and their employees. He even personally lobbied Obama on behalf of these subsidies.
Hypocrisy aside, any deal to fund government for 45 days, 75 days or 365 days (remember when our “leaders” in Washington, D.C. passed annual budgets?) must be contingent on the complete defunding of Obamacare and the permanent elimination of its insidious tax hikes and oppressive mandates.
Anything short of that is caving …