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
GOP's New Health Reform Trick: Don't Fund It
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.
(Read more health care reform stories.)

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