Some in Congress see the upcoming battle over a possible government shutdown as a chance to defund Obamacare. What is about to happen is that without a budget in place, Congress will take up the "continuing resolution" battle over raising the debt ceiling with chicken littles crying that the sky will fall if we don't send America deeper into debt.
In the last few go arounds Congress found a way to keep the lights on, to keep their staff employed and to keep grandma's check from bouncing. This time around some are trying to develop a game plan which ties defunding Obamacare to any agreement to "pay the bills".
When commenting on this developing plan recently Rand Paul had this to say: “I am in favor of using our leverage to make it less bad.”
He's in favor of using leverage to make WHAT less bad? The threat of a government shutdown? Tweaking Obamacare instead of defunding it? Is Rand in favor of sending Obamacare to the junk yard or is he among the many who would rather try to keep it running but tinker under its hood?
Rand recently said that he believes that those who voted to pass Obamacare had good intentions, but small brains.
While I have been and remain a big Rand Paul fan, I would encourage him to take note of this recent study by Heritage Action released just yesterday.
With citizens across America asking their congressman to support defunding Obamacare, Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham alongside leading pollster Jon Lerner today released a poll showing the idea of defunding Obamacare is broadly supported. Moreover, the potential of a partial government shutdown does little to dampen the desire to stop the implementation of Obamacare.
Independents in the survey strongly support defunding Obamacare by a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent. Further, only 20 percent of voters in these districts support going forward with Obamacare unchanged.
Heritage Action for America released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:
This poll demonstrates that the Left cannot win the argument on either the policy front or the political front. Americans – including 57 percent of independents in ten critical congressional districts – favor defunding Obamacare. House Republicans should be much more concerned with the fallout of failing to defund Obamacare than with the imaginary fallout of doing so.
Defunding Obamacare is clearly more popular than trying to make it better and some of Rand's recent comments are a bit hazy on this point. It would be nice if he explained himself a little better.