WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – Sources told the Associated Press that Republicans in the House of Representatives are insisting upon a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act in order to stave off a government shutdown.
A looming federal government shutdown could close national parks, halt the processing of visa and passport applications, shut down Smithsonian museums and keep hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job. First effects of a shutdown could show up as early as Tuesday if Congress fails to approve money to keep the government going by the midnight Monday start of the new fiscal year.
During a closed-door meeting Saturday afternoon, Republicans in the House met to discuss potential deals – the defunding or delay of the ACA, known also as Obamacare, being a main goal. A permanent repeal of taxes on medical devices was also among the list of requirements for approval, the AP additionally learned.
“I think we have a winning program here,” Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was quoted as saying.
The White House would likely disagree – while addressing the nation on Friday, Obama made several comments regarding Republican efforts to defund the ACA through holdouts in budget negotiations.
“I said this yesterday, let me repeat it – that’s not going to happen,” he told members of the press.
“Nobody gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States just to extract political concessions,” he added. “No one gets to hurt our economy and millions of innocent people just because there are a couple of laws that you do not like.”
Despite the presidential plea — and the urgings of their own leaders — House GOP rebels showed no sign of retreat in their drive to use the threat of a shutdown to uproot the nation’s three-year-old health care law.
“We now move on to the next stage of this battle,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is a face of the “Defund Obamacare” campaign in the Senate and is in close contact with allies in the House.
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