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GOP Divides On Whether To
Shut Down The Government
Over Obamacare Funding

Forbes Magazine, by Avik Roy

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/30/2013 3:57:47 AM

Last week, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), “informing Senator Reid that we will not vote for a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare,” risking a government shutdown if Lee’s objectives are not achieved. While eleven other Senate Republicans have signed on to Lee’s letter, other Republicans are denouncing the move in surprisingly direct language. “It’s not an achievable strategy…and it’s dishonest,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.). “It’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of,” added Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.).

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The head reels at the thought that NOT one GOP legislator voted for this when 0bama & the dRATS steamrolled it through Congress. Especially after 0bama is claiming now that he alone has the power to put off its implementation next year.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 7/30/2013 4:26:07 AM     (No. 9449121)

So fund ALL the other budget aspects of the CR but DO NOT allow any funds for "obamacare" to go forward. Ergo...the "Government" IS NOT shut down. Come on, if Obama and his minions can ignore law and our Constitution.......

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/30/2013 4:36:13 AM     (No. 9449129)

There´s no way republicans have enough backbone to pull this off. The best they can hope for is a demonstration to make sure people know they´re against the plan.

You don´t hear a peep from all the people who´ve lost their job or had their hours cut because of this stupid law.Until you really get a popular uprising,congress isn´t going to act in a meaningful way.The republicans probably figure they can overturn it when they get the WH back in 2016 but the push to anoint Hilary has already started.

There were things in Hillarycare that were as bad if not worse than Obamacare. Potential doctors would be forced into certain fields or go to "underserved" areas of the country.Most people need loans to get through med school so they use that as leverage.

Greedy,underwater blue states can´t wait to get their hands on more medicaid money. They´ll use it to pay current bills and will worry about when federal funds stopping when it gets here.

People may hate Obamacare and all it stands for but they don´t want a gov´t shutdown to get there.The House has already voted to repeal it a couple dozen times and it´s gone no where.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Justavoter, 7/30/2013 6:44:49 AM     (No. 9449182)

It is all lip service. Even Mike Lee does not believe he can shut down the government on this one.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judith, 7/30/2013 6:46:58 AM     (No. 9449184)

Gutless wonders. It amazes me that the people of the USA voted these cowards into office while the blood-sucking liberals voted cut throats into power.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nimby, 7/30/2013 7:10:18 AM     (No. 9449204)

And if GOP thought 2012 was bad, its going to be worse in 2014 if these idiots follow this path of appeasement.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/30/2013 8:07:42 AM     (No. 9449282)

You´ve got to hand it to the liberals. No, I mean you´ve GOT to hand it to them. Nothing else but owning this mess is going to teach the public that these schemes don´t work. There´s only one way for these Lofos to learn and it ain´t gonna be pretty.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/30/2013 9:19:37 AM     (No. 9449392)

Democrats don´t have to defeat the Republicans. The Republicans don´t think they can do it. Republicans never can. There is always a reason. As Tom Coburn explains, it would be dumb to try and defeat the Democrats.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jglas, 7/30/2013 11:06:38 AM     (No. 9449580)

The Republicans won´t be shutting down the government. They´re only defunding Obamacare. Obama will be shutting it down by vetoing the whole bill because a small part is defunded. If the Republicans had any guts at all they´d defund Obamacare and if Obama vetoes it, run a campaign blaming Obama for the shutdown.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/30/2013 11:32:10 AM     (No. 9449630)

This is not "defunding Obamacare." This establishing that a new and very large program has been properly budgeted. Even if the law were being implemented exactly as written, it should go through budget process of estimating its costs and ensuring the funds are authorized.

It is not being implemented as written because a key revenue stream is not being implemented and the verification of eligibility process is missing entirely.

Then there is the aspect of doing this under a continuing resolution. Increased payments to states for the expanded Medicaid program didn´t happen in FY-2013. Nor did subsidies for middle income people buying insurance from exchanges. This is new business and needs a debate and agreed upon budget and funding.

The Dems are terrified of a debate.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fritzilou, 7/30/2013 12:39:06 PM     (No. 9449763)

The government never shuts down, all necessary government continues. All the other people, who we could probably live without under our employ, stay home. This government has been shut down many times before without any disruption to essential services. We should try it again, but we shouldn´t then pay the people that have to stay home. Maybe they would be on our side for a change if we did that.

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