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House Republicans seek Obamacare delay for debt limit hike
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:46AM
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House Republicans will seek a one-year delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling, National Review reported Tuesday.


The strategy was announced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) during a conference with fellow House Republicans, according to National Review.

A Cantor aide, when reached by The Huffington Post, suggested that other changes to Obamacare could be on the negotiating table when it came to the debt ceiling.

"It’s absolutely one of the possible outcomes of a debt limit negotiation, and likely given the president’s proclivity for delaying sections of this law," the aide said, in reference to a one-year delay. "Whether it’s a mandate delay or delaying the law entirely, it depends on a great deal of other factors."

The targeting of the president's signature health care law is par for the course for House Republicans, who have voted 40 times to defund Obamacare since it became the law of the land.

Cantor and others are poised to have a similar vote again when Congress considers a stop-gap spending measure to continue funding the government roughly a month prior to the debt ceiling fight.

Not all Republicans are behind the idea of offering up what is, in essence, another ceremonial vote to defund Obamacare. In fact, the plan drew rebuke from some conservatives, who derided it as trickery.

"Some conservatives are calling this the hocus-pocus bill, and it’s meeting resistance," a Republican aide told Reuters.

"Are these news reports from The Onion? Or are they real?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a statement, according to The Hill. "Trying to fool Republicans into voting to fund ObamaCare is even worse than offering a bill that deliberately funds it. I hope this proposal is nothing more than a bad joke and is quickly discarded." Huffington Post

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