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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference February 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Boehner is making amends with the conservative wing of his party by allowing Tea Party lawmakers to vote on de-funding Obamacare.
House Speaker John Boehner is making amends with the conservative wing of his party by allowing Tea Party lawmakers to vote on de-funding Obamacare. It's a politically risky strategy that Democrats warn could lead to a government shutdown. The vote is set for Friday and would tie the proposal to de-fund the healthcare law to a spending bill that would keep Washington running beyond the end of the month.
The proposal would fund the government through December 15 but would strip all money away from implementing Obamacare. Republican leadership including RNC Chair Reince Priebus praised the vote, saying on Twitter that it's a "great move" and called on the Senate to get on board. President Obama, however, was not pleased and even accused House Republicans of using the debt ceiling debate to "extort a president."
If House Republicans are successful, what chance does this have of getting through the Senate? Why are Republicans attacking ObamaCare now before some of the struggles of implementation? What's the strategy here? What will happen to the healthcare law if it's de-funded?
Lisa Mascaro, Congressional Reporter, Los Angeles Times
David Mark, Editor-in-Chief of Politix.com - with an x!