GOP's New Health Reform Trick: Don't Fund It
Boehner and Co. know a repeal's impossible
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2010 10:23 AM CDT
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, points to a poster on health care legislation as Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., listens in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – Republicans threatening to repeal health reform is nothing new, but the GOP is realizing the futility of that and moving on to a new tactic: denying funding to pieces of the bill. "Clearly, with the president’s veto pen, we’re going to have to take interim steps,” says one rep, acknowledging that the GOP would have to score the near-impossible coup of two-thirds majorities in each house for a repeal.

But Politico notes that it's entirely possible for the GOP to block provisions that require future congressional funding, including Medicare overhaul, requiring all Americans to have insurance, and what John Boehner claims will be an “army of new IRS agents." Almost 150 congressional candidates have pledged to defund reform, but Politico notes that the "Swiss cheese" effect on the bill could have backlash: As more popular pieces of reform have been dribbled out, a recent poll finds that only 35% of Americans now oppose it.

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Aug 26, 2013 8:34 PM CDT
Defund this 20,000 page train wreck of a boondoggle. Go ahead and shut the government down. It's out of control spending is going to do this country in. We are 17 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. They are leading us off a cliff. Wake up America. You are willingly signing away your freedom.
Aug 2, 2010 3:42 PM CDT
I'm an atheist and I am more convinced than ever that there is no God because there are Republicans in Congress!
Aug 2, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
They better watch how they choose to fight this. Any tactic they try now will be used later against any major revisions THEY want later...hell, we should do that with the military budget EVERY time.