Should Republicans Use The Next CR To De-fund ObamaCare? No

“This is misleading the conservative base because it’s not achievable and all it will do in the long run is dispirit the base,” says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). “This is a failed strategy for conservatives.”

“The dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

“Republicans must resist game of chicken with president over ObamaCare.”

Karl Rove at Fox News

“Drop the disastrous plan to defund ObamaCare.”

Ramesh Ponnuru at AEI.

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  1. Craig says:

    “So if Republicans stay firm in this demand, the result will be either a government shutdown or a partial shutdown combined with a debt default.”

    Based on this statement, and maybe I am being a little rash, but NO STOP.

  2. Lilian says:

    I am of the same opinion as Senator Burr, this is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.

  3. Jeff says:

    Senator Coburn is right, this strategy is a failed strategy for conservatives. They need to focus on strengthening their base so when 2016 comes along the GOP isn’t such a laughing stock of a political party to the majority of the U.S.

  4. Richie says:

    “Republicans must resist game of chicken with president over ObamaCare.”

    -Karl Rove

    Why is it that republicans have the inability to resist being radical in their decisions towards the left?

  5. Buster says:

    I don’t know. I would think the best strategy would be to negotiate with the Democrats and find some common ground. But, then again, I’m not sure if there is any.

    • Bill says:

      The only way that republicans could negotiate is to give the democrats an equally valuable “signature legislative initiative of the last decade” to put in it’s place, which could be done is republicans allowed some major social policy change.

  6. Baker says:

    Tom Coburn: “A good portion of the health-care law is mandatory spending and repealing that would require two-thirds of the House and 67 votes in the Senate. I don’t see that happening.”

  7. Tate says:

    Im not sure how I feel about defunding obamacare. I suppose I just do not know enough about it.

  8. Sandip says:

    Even conservatives are alerting this is a bad idea.

  9. Tim Clark says:

    Ted Cruz was on fox earlier discussing a plan to fund the government except for obamacare. The only thing about that is 1) it wouldn’t likely get the necessary votes from republicans because 2) obama would veto it in a heartbeat and blame the republicans for it. I don’t want to see obamacare implemented next year because it will be very hard to get rid of it once it’s enacted and it’s going to do a lot of damage. I think obama will call the republican’s bluff and it will end up being funded. It should be scrapped but I don’t know if this is the best way to go about it. I’m on the fence about it. Anyone want to give me a push in the right direction?

  10. Ken says:

    Glad to see you posting this. I expect you will get some flak for it.

  11. Mike Braun says:

    Once the tentacles of Obamacare take place in January you will never be able to pry this bill away from the public. We are already starting to see massive market manipulation with Obamacare. Just look at the rates in MD. That is a ticking time bomb.

  12. Bob Day says:

    What if the president agreed to sign a continuing resolution with no Obamacare funding — if Republicans would agree to a vote in both chambers on a stand-alone bill to fully fund Obamacare? [Remember, Obamacare passed the Senate only because Democrats used the reconciliation process, which cannot be blocked by the minority.] Would Republicans, the president, and/or Democrats agree to such a bargain? Would a separate bill get a majority in either/both chambers?