to De-Fund Obamacare
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would cut off all funds for Obamacare, a step he said Republicans should support and, if it were to pass in the House as well, could be sent to President Barack Obama to see if he’s “willing to try to shut the government down” over funding of the Affordable Care Act.
“I think it’s the right position for Republicans to be taking,” Cruz said. “And I think it would be exactly the right decision to then send it back to Harry Reid and President Obama and ask if Harry Reid and President Obama are willing to try to shut the government down in order to insist that Obamacare be fully funded now, even though it could well push us into a recession.”
“I think that is an important stand for principle that makes a difference in the lives of those who are struggling the most,” said the senator.
On Wednesday, Cruz introduced his de-fund Obamacare amendment to the continuing resolution (CR), which is a massive "must-pass" bill to keep the government funded for the rest of this fiscal year, from late March through the end of September.
Last week, the Republican-controlled House passed a $982-billion CR, but the GOP leadership set the rule and did not allow the must-pass CR to include language prohibiting funding for Obamacare or for de-funding the controversial Obamacare mandate that requires nearly all health plans to offer contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs without co-payments.
Though he said he does not expect his amendment to pass in the Senate, which is majority-Democrat, Cruz said it is “entirely beneficial” to have a conversation about the impact of Obamacare on economic growth.
He also encouraged House Republicans to “stand for principle” and force the president and the Senate to shut down the government over funding the healthcare law.
During a press conference on Capitol Hill, Cruz was asked why the Republicans in the House did not attempt to defund the law...
“Well, legislation can be an iterative process,” Cruz said. “And one of the benefits, I believe, of debating and voting on this amendment today is that if Republicans stand together—I hope we will—there is a very good chance the continuing resolution will be amended in the Senate in some way and sent back to the House...So, the House is going to have another shot at this”...
House Republicans have symbolically voted to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times in legislation that does not need to pass. However, every time they have enacted legislation that must-pass to keep the government funded, they have declined to include language that would repeal all or any part of Obamacare or that would withhold funding for all or any part of Obamacare.
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Editor's Note: Of course, this would be predicated on the idea that Republican leadership actually possess spines...We shall see...
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