The head of a national tea party group likened Obamacare to prohibition and said that it is “ridiculous” that President Obama will talk to the Iranians but declines to talk to congressional Republicans, who are clamoring to put his signature domestic achievement on hold for at least a year.
Amy Kremer, head of Tea Party Express, said that GOP lawmakers have shown a willingness to compromise by pushing for a one-year delay of Obamacare rather than a full repeal of the law — which remains the ultimate goal of opponents.
“We want to negotiate with Harry Reid and the president,” Ms. Kremer said on CNN. “The president is talking to the Iranians, and he won’t even talk to Republicans. That’s ridiculous.”
The health care law passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law by the president in 2010.
Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the law is constitutional, months before Mr. Obama won a second term in the White House and Democrats picked up additional seats in both chambers of Congress.
Republicans, though, have since pushed to defund the law and tried to do so as part of the ongoing spending battle on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, say that a delay of Obamacare is a non-starter in the budget negotiations.
Polls show that support for the health care law has dropped since the beginning of the year but that most voters do not want the fight over Obamacare to be tied into the spending battle that has steered the government toward a government shutdown.
Ms. Kremer shrugged off the notion that people should accept the law because it is the law of the land.
“Prohibition was the law of the land, too,” she said.