Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans on Saturday demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation's new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for early Tuesday.
Senate Democrats rejected the plan even before the House could post it online for the public. The White House followed quickly with a statement saying that "any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown."
Undeterred, House Republicans pressed ahead with their latest attempt to squeeze a concession from the White House in exchange for letting the government open for business normally on Tuesday. They also agreed to pass legislation assuring U.S. troops are paid in the event of a shutdown.
"I think we have a winning program here," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, after days of discord that pitted Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his leadership against tea party-backed conservatives.
Apart from its impact on the health care law, the legislation that House Republicans decided to back would assure routine funding for government agencies through Dec. 15.Personally, I don't like the one-year delay. I see the political point, if Obama can pick and choose the parts of the law he wants to delay on his own, then the whole law should be delayed. But this has become all too common with Boehner, make a compromise where (like the debt ceiling) the can is kicked down the road to deal with at another date.
I think the original House bill should have been sent back, along with the proposal the House GOP has come up with to "replace" Obamacare, because it isn't working. Somebody needs to get in the face of these uncivil liberal jerks and #BeBreitbart.