The White House said Thursday it will not accept any short-term spending deal that impedes the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, taking a firm stance on the issue while Republicans weigh their options for attacking the law.
“We will not accept anything that delays or defunds Obamacare,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
“Congress needs to pass a budget and not attach politically motivated riders to their funding bills — part of a consistent effort to refight old battles, to overcome the fact that this is a law that was passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court,” he added.
Earlier today, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told CNN that some Republicans’ call to defund the health care law before the government can be funded past this month is “simply unacceptable” and a “non-starter” for Democrats.
Hard-line conservatives are rejecting a plan from House GOP leadership that would allow Republicans to vote to repeal Obamacare, yet allow the Senate to pass a continuing resolution apart from the defunding measure and avert a government shutdown after Sept. 30.
Lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican who has demanded that Obamacare be repealed as part of any deal, say the American people are on their side.
They point to polls that show the law remains unpopular and the White House’s own decision to delay parts of the law.