WASHINGTON — On Capitol Hill, Friday was the first major battle over Obamacare. In a House vote, de-funding the Affordable Care Act was linked to a bill to keep government running.
The House they voted together to keep government going but only if Obamacare is defunded. On the House floor, democrats slammed the GOP.
“With its destruction obsession with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” said democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic Whip.
But republicans celebrated.
“The American people don’t want government shut down and don’t want Obamacare,” said House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.
Speaker Boehner did not want to link the two, but was forced to by more conservative members of the house.
As they headed home, moderate republicans aimed their wrath at GOP Senator Ted Cruz.
He’s seen as the leader of the push that most believe cannot kill Obamacare but could shut government.
In Kansas City, President Obama, used the internal GOP fight to his advantage.
“One republican senator called shutting down government to kill affordable care act dumbest thing. I agree with him,” said the President.
Government installations, such as military bases could, on Monday, lose their paychecks October first.
“Well certainly yeah – it would affect anyone’s financial situation if they stopped receiving their paycheck,” said one contractor.
Ten days left and there is not only no deal yet, and little hope one will be reached by the end of the month.
From NBC News
Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin made the following statement after the House passed H.J.R. 59, a continuing resolution that de-funds Obamacare and allows the federal government to remain open.
“There was no hesitation when it came to supporting this continuing resolution. Families and business owners across the nation were once told that under Obamacare they could keep their own insurance, that their premiums would go down and that this health care mandate would be budget neutral. We have seen too many examples where this will not be the case. In each of the 26 town halls I recently held throughout the Second District, I heard countless stories of how Obamacare is already crippling budgets and proving to be unworkable and unsustainable. The House stood with the American people today in voting to protect our nation from a burdensome mandate that will bankrupt our economy.”
Congressman Tom Cole today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a continuing resolution that keeps the government running without funding Obamacare. The resolution passed the House by a vote of 230-189.
“Today’s vote reminds all Americans that the president’s health care law remains unpopular and should not be implemented,” said Cole. “Ever since Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, House Republicans have worked tirelessly to repeal it partially or completely. While we have seen small victories in the fight to dismantle the law, the battle is far from over. This continuing resolution keeps the government running, but it also send a clear message to the president that his law should never have passed in the first place and will only end in failure.
“House Republicans have now voted 41 times to defund or repeal Obamacare while the Senate has walked down the sad path of inaction and silence. It is high time for Senators to stand up for the American people and pass responsible legislation that lessens the burden of Obamacare. I hope that they take advantage of this golden opportunity.”