Will Republicans shut down the government if Obama and the Democrats insist on funding Obamacare?

The fiscal fight coming this fall over the budget might be Obamacare’s Waterloo. GOP leaders are talking about refusing to pass a budget that contains one dime of funding for Obamacare. It’s their very own “nuclear option” and it has both sides already establishing their positions.

The Hill:

ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall. [WATCH VIDEO]

Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

But such a move is a nonstarter for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Republicans have tried this maneuver in Obama’s first term, only to back off later to the chagrin of Tea Party leaders.

If it were solely up to McConnell and Boehner, no shutdown would be likely. But both leaders face a revolt of their members if they don’t pull the trigger. I think it more than likely that there will be a government shutdown over Obamacare and that it is likely to be a long one.

The GOP can win this one if they get busy making their case now. They have statistics to back up their rhetoric about Obamacare ruining the economy, costing full time jobs, raising insurance rates, and turning America into a part-time employee nation. They can also point to the massive incompetence of the Obama administration in rolling out Obamacare and the state insurance exchanges.

 

 

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