House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town hall meetings.
“I have not heard don’t shut down the government over ObamaCare,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) said, referring to meetings with his constituents over the recess. “I have heard this law is not ready for primetime and we need to do anything we can to stop it.” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) has held six events in his north Texas district so far in August, and is leaning toward backing the shutdown threat.
He also said the federal government’s move this month to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and staff required to enter ObamaCare’s exchanges is acting as an “accelerant” and “driving people into a froth” about shutting the government down over ObamaCare funding.