House Republicans are pushing a new way to defund Obamacare, tying it directly to a fight over government funding due to expire Sept. 30, and the effort to lift the Treasury's borrowing authority.
House Republicans will propose increasing the debt limit for one year, while delaying President Obama's signature health care law for the same amount of time. That's a move that could trigger a government shutdown. Democrats vehemently oppose delays to the implementation of Obamacare. And the president has said he won't negotiate over a debt ceiling increase, which the Treasury Department warns needs to happen by next month.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will attempt to pass a funding bill to keep the government open until Dec. 15 at $988 billion. The bill will also include language to choke off funding for the Affordable Care Act - that is almost certain to be stripped out by the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Then there's the continuing resolution to fund the government must be passed before Oct. 1 to avoid a shutdown.
Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein summed up this situation this way:
the next month is gonna suck- Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) September 18, 2013
But not everybody is so pessimistic about a government shutdown.
This is one way to think about budget fight, from Rep. Tom Cole: "If you're selling or buying a car, you don't start with the best offer."- Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) September 18, 2013