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HAS THE “TRAIN WRECK” BEEN AVERTED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 20, 2013) — Rep. Ann Wagner tweeted on Friday that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to defund Obamacare, the unpopular health care bill passed in 2010 which is causing employers to shrink their workforces and reduce employees’ hours.
Pressure mounted on House Republicans this week after a “Continuing Resolution” planned for last week was detected by the public to be easily separated from a funding appropriations for the rest of the government. The Senate could have therefore maintained Obamacare and funding for government departments through mid-December.
State health care exchanges are reportedly set to open on October 1, but the House’s move on Friday may place those in jeopardy. Half the states are not planning on setting up the exchanges.
Debate for the measure was approved on Thursday.
The defunding measure now heads to the Senate, where Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, who have been outspoken opponents of the health care bill, have been attempting to rally support for defunding it.
Speaker of the House John Boehner and Sen. Max Baucus have called the bill “a train wreck.” Boehner posted on his website that contrary to Obama’s claims, “Resistance to ObamaCare is hardly ‘futile’ because “Obama himself has already signed into law seven House-passed bills that repeal or defund parts of it.”
Representatives joining Wagner are Reps. Ted Poe and David Joyce.
The Washington Times has reported that the Senate will review the bill next week with the expectation that it will “strip out the health care provisions and send the bill back to the House.”