House GOP Mulls New Route to Avoiding Shutdown
ObamaCare fight could be tied to debt-limit measure instead
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2013 5:01 AM CDT
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, is cheered, Sept. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Now that the Senate has voted to open debate on a bill to fund the government, Harry Reid can remove its measures to defund ObamaCare before returning it to the House. But that doesn't mean the GOP is giving up on the fight. John Boehner could approve the bill, thus avoiding a government shutdown—and simply link the ObamaCare battle to another piece of legislation. That bill: a measure to raise the debt ceiling, creating what the Washington Post calls "an even more nerve-racking deadline" of Oct. 17 to avoid the US defaulting on its debt.

Republicans could refuse to approve the debt-limit hike without getting a yearlong delay of ObamaCare measures in return, the Post reports. Party leaders are set to present the plan today; it could also include provisions like federal health cuts, civil service pension cuts, and a tax-reform plan. But the White House says it's not worried. "Once you start saying 'delay' with something as damaging as the default of the United States, people hear the second part: They hear the default," says a strategist.

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TessTalks
Sep 26, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
What's most annoying about these Republican jackasses is that THEIR healthcare covers EVERYTHING and it's paid for by US!!! Then, they have the balls to try to stop others from getting healthcare It's absolutely disgusting!
Lefty_Libby
Sep 26, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Mr. Speaker, Those things you're demanding, or else: Those are the things that cost you the last election. You did not win the election, we did. The losers do not call the shots, the winners do, because that's what the voters decided at the polls. We are a representative democracy. Try it sometime. The rules are spelled out in the Constitution.
Mr.LarryG.
Sep 26, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
How many Republicans does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None, they'll just sit in the dark and blame it on Obama,,,,