Additional Information Regarding Defunding Obamacare
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been in conversation with a personal contact that has a great deal of knowledge regarding this effort to defund Obamacare and he offered some reasonable explanation regarding Sen. John Cornyn and the possible reasons he has backed away from Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee and their immediate efforts.
According to my source the story offered up by the Arlington TEA Party may not be as accurate and as factual as it is presented in this piece: Senator John Cornyn abandons Senator Ted Cruz effort to defund Obamacare.
In the interest of fair and balanced I offer the following links for your perusal.
Coburn: Shutdown won’t stop ObamaCare
Shutting down the federal government would not stop the Obama administration from implementing its signature healthcare law, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday.
Coburn has been sharply critical of the effort to force a government shutdown over ObamaCare funding. He released a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report Tuesday that said such a move would not actually stop the administration from implementing the healthcare law.
“The memo reveals that if government were shut down, funding for Obamacare would still continue,” Coburn’s office said in a summary. “In other words, shutting down the federal government does not shut down Obamacare.” The Hill’s Healthwatch
Tom Coburn: Campaign to defund Obamacare ‘dishonest,’ ‘hype’
Tensions inside the Republican Party about a proposal to defund Obamacare reached a new level Friday when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a lawmaker with unsurpassed credibility in the field of cutting federal spending and limiting the size of government, called the defunding plan “dishonest” and “hype.”
In a phone interview from his home state of Oklahoma, Coburn slammed a dozen fellow Republican senators who have signed a pledge not to vote for any continuing resolution or appropriations bill that funds Obamacare, which is set to go fully into effect on January 1, 2014. “I’d love to defund it,” said Coburn, a physician who has opposed the president’s national health care scheme from the beginning. “I’d be leading the charge if I thought this would work. But it will not work.”
Coburn’s case against the proposal is simple: Republicans, having failed to win control of the White House and Senate in 2012, do not have the votes to cut off Obamacare funding. Given that, he sees the defunding proposal as not just wrongheaded but also an effort to mislead conservatives across the country who long to see Republicans stop Obamacare. “The worst thing is being dishonest with your base about what you can accomplish, ginning everybody up and then creating disappointment,” Coburn said. “It’s a terribly dangerous and not successful strategy.” Washington Examiner
Drop the disastrous plan to defund Obamacare
Conservatives on Capitol Hill think they have a chance to strike a mortal blow against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul this fall. If their plan goes forward, however, it will backfire.
The plan is to oppose any bill to fund the government or increase the debt limit that also provides money for putting the health-care law in place. Because Republicans control the House, Democrats can’t continue borrowing or paying for government operations without Republican support. So, conservatives say, Republicans should insist on defunding Obamacare as the price of that support.
The chance that Democrats would go along — would give up on their signature legislative initiative of the last decade soon after having won the presidential election and gained Senate and House seats — approaches zero percent. 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.
Either would be highly unpopular, and each party would blame the other. The public, however, would almost certainly blame Republicans, for five reasons. Politics and Public Opinion – AEI
These are political opinion pieces and are presented exactly as I received them.
I am not going to offer a lot of commentary at this time, but I will say this; if it becomes necessary for me to issue an apology to Sen. John Cornyn, I will not hesitate to do so.
I am going to have to see how this plays out, but if my understanding is correct there is no way to defund Obamacare unless the GOP retains the House and retakes the Senate in the midterms.
If that event should occur, at that time Obama will be rendered irrelevant. Let’s just hope and pray that if the GOP does regain control of the nation that THEY don’t blow it too!