A who’s who of conservative groups is urging House Republican leaders to strip funding for “Obamacare” during the upcoming budget debate, lending weight to a movement that has split congressional Republicans by threatening a government shutdown to dismantle the health care law.
Leaders from Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks are among the dozens of signatories to a letter addressed to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, in support of the de-funding push.
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The letter urges the House to provide no money to implement the Affordable Care Act when they consider spending bills this September to fund the federal government in fiscal 2014.
“The excuses for not pulling out all the legislative stops to repeal Obamacare are over,” the letter said. “The Supreme Court failed to strike down the entire law when it had the opportunity, and the 2012 election, which focused little on Obamacare, did not yield a new president or a new Senate majority.”
Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, is leading a last-ditch effort in the Senate to starve Mr. Obama’s law of federal money before state-by-state health insurance markets being to enroll Americans without employer-based insurance on Oct. 1.
Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, is leading a similar effort in the House.
But Republican leaders in both chambers have not signed onto the effort, and several GOP lawmakers have decried the move as reckless and futile.
The coalition letter sent to Mr. Boehner this week is signed by Grover Norquist, president of American Citizens for Tax Reform, and tea party leaders and other conservative groups from around the country.
“The best and last chance for House Republicans to stand up and thwart this law before its new entitlements kick in is during the upcoming funding debate, and the House should live up to the moment and pass a bill funding the government but denying any funding for Obamacare,” the letter said.