Skip to comments.Asked About Defunding Obamacare, House Republican Leader Stammers
Posted on 07/10/2013 1:27:52 PM PDT by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) - President Obama's decision to delay for one year a key requirement of the Affordable Care Act was "a continuation of what we have begun to call the imperial presidency," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
Cantor criticized President Obama for selectively enforcing the law. He also said the individual mandate should be delayed along with the mandate that applies to employers.
But when Hannity asked if House Republicans would consider defunding Obamacare -- since efforts to repeal it have not worked -- Cantor's confusing response did not answer the question:
"Right, and we have continued, when we -- to do just that, we've continued to say under the sequester that we're operating on, that the president says, you know, he wants to do something about it, but never has come forward with any kind of other suggested reforms in the entitlement areas. But when they ask for more money for Obamacare's implementation, we said no. We said no, we don't feel that this law is the right direction to go in. Nor do we feel this administration should have the ability to take taxpayer dollars to go and sell and market this bill.
"But I think one of the options going forward, Sean, is to take a look at what this White House has done and say, you know what, if it's fair for big business to be exempted from this mandate, we ought to say the same for individuals. We ought to go ahead and delay the individual mandate, and as you know, that individual mandate is the crux of Obamacare, without the individual mandate, the whole law collapses," Cantor said.
The law would collapse without funding as well. And under the Constitution, the Executive Branch cannot spend any money from the Treasury unless Congress appropriates it, either through budget bills or a continuing resolution.
Boehner and House Republicans are now considering a vote to delay ObamaCare's individual mandate, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
As CNSNews.com has reported, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said earlier this year that he would not include language to defund Obamacare in the most recent continuing resolution (the one that passed in March) because -- knowing that the Senate would not go along with defunding -- Boehner didn't want to force a government shutdown.
The House is now working on regular appropriations bills, but it has not yet moved one to fund the Department of Health and Human Services, which is spending billions of dollars to implement Obamacare.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said on Tuesday that Obamacare should be defunded, particularly since the law is being selectively enforced:
"The point is, no Republican in Congress, no member of Congress from either house or political party, has any business voting to fund the operations of government if that funding package includes Obamacare funding. The American people aren't getting Obamacare implementation. They shouldn't be required to pay for it," Lee told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night.
Last week, in the middle of the long holiday weekend, the Treasury Department quietly blogged that companies with 50 or more full-time employees would have an extra year (until 2015) to comply with the requirement that they provide "minimum essential" health insurance coverage to workers or else pay a fine.
While the "employer mandate" was delayed for a year, the individual mandate was not. The individual mandate is the heart of Obamacare, as it requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty to the IRS.
The Heritage Foundation, in a July 9 fact sheet, urged Congress to defund all Obamacare implementation efforts across the federal government.
"Full defunding of Obamacare would halt the laws new entitlements before they startand prevent HHS from raiding other parts of the departmental budget to promote Obamacare," Heritage said. "Defunding Obamacare would also prevent the application of the laws new regulations and 18 separate tax increases, including the tax for not complying with the individual mandate.
"While Congress cannot unilaterally repeal Obamacare, the Constitution grants Congress the ultimate power of the purse. If Congress chooses not to fund Obamacare activities for the upcoming fiscal year, the Obama Administration cannot act to implement the law. Congress can, and Congress should, act to defund all of Obamacare now."
The House Republicrats won't de-fund ObamaCare as they're afraid of the mystery man. Why don't these cowards start with de-funding the EPA or better yet de-fund the ACA part that funds all those new employees and mandate enforcement by the IRS. After that they can work on no further funding for the education department, energy department and eliminating czars that Obama has hired. Cantor should remind us of a child making excuses for not doing his chores or his homework.
Spineless Republicans ain’t gonna do nothin.
They only want our votes and our money, but not our principles.
Eric Cantor fast becoming the most despicable dude on the hill.....
They are never going to defund it. They are never going to do anything we want them to do. They will do what they have always done...talk about doing what we want so we will keep voting for them. And why not? It’s worked for quite some time now.
Note to Cantor: I am no longer regitered in your party. Don’t count on me for a vote. I have defunded all of your ilk.
When you lose your base you tend to lose elections.
Lots of luck.
Since all of you GOP together dont have the cajones to be a eunuch good luck in your future.
I will vote for persons who are conservative and support ideals of founding fathers in whatever party they may be in.
The testicles of all of the Republican so-called leadership are kept somewhere in a well-guarded lock box. In fact some of the female Republican stars have more balls than some of the sissy-men who hold power.
He has always been despicable to me!
Boehner may be a gutless sap but Cantor is a lying, conniving backstabber...he is not a conservative or even a Republican, he’s an greedy ambitious big government punk.
Defunding might not be the best strategy. A defunding attempt would be used to blame Republicans for what is about to transpire.
If, on the other hand, the Republicans take a “hands off” approach then they will be able to lay the entire fiasco at the feet of the Democrat party during the next election.
What is a Republican anymore? Not anything good it seems. They all lost their spine and ball sacks some time ago.
I watched the video several times. Neither the title of video or the article necessarily compliments what I saw in the video. I'm satisifed that Cantor essentially ethusiastically answered Hannity's question about defunding Obamacare with a yes, without actually saying yes.
In fact, regarding the somewhat misleading article and its title, the following link to a recent FR thread similarly warns about deceiving titles of bills in Congress which don't honestly reflect what is actually in the bill.
At least Erith was able to keep his lisp in check
translation: Lots of consultants and insurance types who are big contributors to the GOP are getting berry, berry RICH off of Obamacare.
Follow the MONEY.
Dude. By expressing such sentiments you risk some CINO freeper going after you for “being too negative”. And soon after that, the debate gets shut down... which is what the CINOs want.
Has the Republican controlled House defunded anything?
Cantor to GOP: Seize the Moment and Delay the Individual Mandate
nationalreview.com | 7/10/13 | Robert Costa
Posted on 07/10/2013 2:43:15 PM PDT by ColdOne
Millions of corporate dollars are flowing into the republicans that want this amnesty garbage. Rush has talked about this.
Those testicles are in the same lockbox where our esteemed ex-vice president keeps a watchful eye on our social security monies.