ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall. Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
But such a move is a nonstarter for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Republicans have tried this maneuver in Obama’s first term, only to back off later to the chagrin of Tea Party leaders.
This time, GOP lawmakers are emboldened by problems plaguing the administration’s ObamaCare implementation. But that zeal could put Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a tough spot. Both leaders have downplayed previous talk of shuttering the government.
In the House, 64 Republicans have signed onto a letter pressing Boehner not to bring any legislation funding ObamaCare to the floor.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the leader of the Senate effort, predicts the vast majority of the Senate Republican Conference will back his plan, giving him enough votes to sustain a filibuster of a stopgap spending measure.
“This is the last stop before ObamaCare fully kicks in on Jan. 1 of next year for us to refuse to fund it,” Lee said Monday on “Fox and Friends.”
“If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of ObamaCare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect,” he said.
This is going to be the litmus test of whether you do or do not support ObamaCare,” said Brian Phillips, Lee’s spokesman. Lee’s proposal could become an issue in Republican primary races next year.
“Any Republican who votes to give Obama a single penny to implement ObamaCare is part of the problem and should be defeated. Any Republican who votes to fund ObamaCare should have a primary challenger,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a fundraising group that supports conservative Republican challengers.
Do you have a fricking clue what you are talking about?
Part of the reason is that the mandate, as written, affects relatively few employers. “You’ve got 5.7 million firms in the U.S.,” says Wharton’s Mark Duggan, who served as the top health economist at White House’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2010. “Only 210,000 have more than 50 employees. So 96 percent of firms aren’t affected. Then if you look among those firms with 50 or more employees, something on the order of 95 percent offer health insurance. So it’s basically 10,000 or so employers who have more than 50 employees and don’t offer coverage.” Those companies probably employ around one percent of American workers.
They WROTE the law. It's going to be implemented and the GOP will cave just like every other time they've tried to stop it.
quote:If they really think it's gonna turn out so badly, they should let the funding kick in and watch the fireworks. Ride the shite sandwich right into The White House.
They have been beaten at every turn on Obamacare.
Doctors Still Back Obamacare's Individual Mandate Despite Emboldened GOP
Doctor groups still support the Affordable Care Act's requirement that individuals buy health insurance despite a Republican push to delay the idea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Major physician groups continue to back the requirement that individuals buy health insurance even while Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives push a delay for an idea long supported by doctors and the health insurance industry.
In the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to delay by a year a mandate for employers to offer health coverage to their workers or face penalties, House Republicans want the same treatment for individuals.
But major physician groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians say they continue to support the individual mandate. Under the Affordable Care Act, uninsured individuals, with the help of federal subsidies of up to about $5,000 depending on income, will be able to begin purchasing health insurance effective Jan. 1, 2014. These individuals are expected to begin shopping on exchanges October 1 of this year.