House GOP to move next week on health care defunding
February 8th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
7 years ago

House GOP to move next week on health care defunding

Washington (CNN) - A day before House Republican leaders head to a lunch with President Obama at the White House, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that the GOP will move next week to try to block funding for one of the President's biggest priorities – health care reform.

Asked at his weekly session with reporters whether the government funding bill the House is preparing to vote on will include money to pay for the new health care law, Cantor said, "I expect to see one way or the other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that."

House GOP leaders have vowed that they would use Congress' power of the purse to defund the new law. But Cantor's statement Tuesday was the first official word that the Republican-led House would begin that effort right away.

The House is scheduled to vote next week on a spending bill that funds government agencies for the remaining seven months of the 2011 fiscal year. The current resolution expires on March 4th. Many of the major provisions of the new health care law do not go into effect until 2014, but some federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, are beginning to implement parts of the law, so Congress could start choking off money to these agencies, preventing them from moving ahead with this work.

Last month the House passed a bill repealing the new health care law, but an effort by Senate Republicans to pass the bill in the Senate was blocked by Democrats.

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  1. gt

    dont stop there ... the military... education... 2 bloated over funded areas that need cuts ..

    February 8, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Hey, you know what the GOP will say, its your own fault if you get cancer, now where is my Medicare check?

    @ Protect and Defend: what do you propose to replace it with? You seem to be so intent on saving me and the rest of the country, be a good conservative and tell us what is good for us in the name of you freedom and liberty? Or maybe you just want to define it for the rest of us? Could it be, the free market? That's worked so well for all of us.

    February 8, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. GL

    House GOP leaders have vowed that they would use Congress' power of the purse to defund the new law. But Cantor's statement Tuesday was the first official word that the Republican-led House would begin that effort right away.

    Republicans have nothing to offer the American people but GIMMICKS! This bill have zeor change of passing in the Senate.

    February 8, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Marcus

    I'm still waiting for a reasonable/workable/viable proposition of the GOP about how to tackle the current unemployement rate.
    Wasn't that what they promised to those who voted them to the House, that they'd work on 'jobs, jobs and jobs' for the American people?

    February 8, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How can anyone who claims to be a Christian vote for a republican?

    February 8, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. notfooledbydistractions

    Mr. Cantor – where are the jobs???

    Where is the republican replacement plan? Defunding the health care bill is not a top priority – I know you think it is, but neither is abortion – like you and bonehead convinced yourselves. Where are the jobs???????

    February 8, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    History will show that the republicans were the party of slime, stupidity and shame.

    February 8, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. w l jones

    What go around come around, first thing first terminate taxpayer healfcare for elective offical. Makes sure every citizen have ascess to good healfcare with or without money to pay for it. Said what every sick person wont.

    February 8, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Chris

    Looks like they will be defunding themselves right out of Office in two years!!! Interesting they will defund the law and basically haven't even suggested to put something in its place!!

    February 8, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. ReallyBruce...

    If this "reform" is killed...employers will start hiring. One problems with bringing in new employees is knowing how much above and beyond it will cost the employer to bring in new people full time. That's why temp agencies are placing most of the new hires. The government is OUR employee and they're costing us way too much!

    February 8, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Rick in Phx

    Hmmm.....the marxist crack addicts (Dems, Progressives and Obamists) spend two years in their attempt to seize the healthcare system, ignoring the collapse of the economy, and now they want the winners of the last election to share power. What a load of b.s. After 2012 you marxist crack addicts will be slashing your own wrists after the people regain control of the U.S. government. We can only hope so.

    LOL ! ! ! LOL ! ! ! LOL ! ! ! Being in the middle, I happen to agree with those Crack Addicted (Dem, Marxist, Obamist). The new group of Republican (Tea Party) canidates did run on restoring jobs to America. Would any of these NEW GUYS be in office if they had ran on redifining rape and Starting the abortion wars all over? Don't get mad at the libs, They are Americans to and have the RIGHT to ask where are the plans to create jobs. You seem angry because you got taken in again by the same crowd telling the same old lies.

    February 8, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just look at that snarky, little SOB! Anyone with a brain would not vote for him!

    February 8, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Marcus

    Root and stem – Your argument is so mature... NOT.
    'Marxist crack addicts'?
    This is not 3rd or 4th grade fella, we would REALLY LIKE to hear what is the alternative of the GOP to the ACA.
    NOT that 3 to 6 pages of good wishes and promises that they came up with when the ACA was still being crafted, that alternative had no numbers/data that could explain where the money would come from and to where it would go.
    And THAT is the most important thing of the ACA, it explains how it will be funded and how it will affect the economy. So when i hear some 'The sky will fall if ACA goes to full mode' or 'The States will break with ACA' I can check the law and say 'LIARS' to those who gave such inane accusations.
    The bill is not perfect?
    Work with the govt. in order to get a better health care system for Americans...
    Show an alternative that works if you don't like ACA...
    Or get eady to face the public opinion when ACA goes full mode (and those who are still buying your lies discovers that you did not told them the truth as you claimed), Gopers...

    February 8, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    More flaccid symbolics from the guys who have no idea of how to govern and no intention to do so even if they did.





    February 8, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Taking something AWAY from the people, like health care reform, is a real BAD idea. Especially when those doing the taking have something like it just for themselves.

    Remember Mr. Cantor, American voters will remember this next year, even if the Dems don't remind them time and time again.

    February 8, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Hmmm.....the marxist crack addicts (Dems, Progressives and Obamists) spend two years in their attempt to seize the healthcare system, ignoring the collapse of the economy, and now they want the winners of the last election to share power."

    Hey, genius, Cantor himself implicitly recognizes that this is a go-nowhere limp-wristed partisan political shenanigan. Re-read what he says. He knows darn well that the Senate and Obama will stop this kind of garbage right in its tracks and that the fallout of a government shutdown will backfire on the GOP darn near immediately. The conservatives and right wing extremists herding them are engaged in brinksmanship...a giant game of chicken...that they CAN'T WIN. They just want to throw as much chickensh-t and convince as many people as they can that the sky is falling before they let it stop.

    February 8, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Margie

    I wish we could stop paying for THEIR health insurance. Let the S.O.B.'s screw around and see how many are gonna loose these seats. People who stayed away from the polls are chaffing at the bit to get back and kick their butts to the curb. It is a SHAME that people like them have control of the House. The most UN-CHRISTIAN bunch of people that ever lived who have convinced the tea bags and the straw for brains group that they are working for them, while all the time they are doing the bidding of the corporations and ruining this country further than Bush did.

    February 8, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Mugshot

    The party of NO still lives on.....get over yourselves....this is the LAW OF THE LAND...YOU have a responsibility to ALL AMERICANS, the people YOU work for, to obey the law and provide the funds to implement would be criminal on your part to do anything had your shot and keep pursuing these idiotic ploys just shows the GOP's stupidity and make them a bunch of sore losers.....

    February 8, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Margie

    Wonder where protect and defend gets their health insurance they seem to be as asinine as the republicans. Give up YOUR health care if you don't want other people to have it. AND why in Hades are they focusing on jobs and the economy that's what we need most. Besides the HCR bill will SAVE money in the long run are they trying to up the deficit to blame it on the Democrats. Take away their tax cuts and see how fast the economy improves. I would love to cut their salary to 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Marcus

    Henry Miller, Libertarian – 'And we can't afford to waste a couple trillion bucks anyway, no matter how much all you deadbeats want someone else to pay your medical bills.'
    First of all, where's the guy that used logical argumentations instead of GOP talking points when he wanted to criticize the current administration?
    Second, how can you talk about wasting money when the CBO PROVED (with data and more data) that the ACA will save money? The first bill had many flaws and the CBO showed them (and you or at least the real 'Henry Miller' praised them for that) but now that the CBO says that the ACA saves money you chose to ignore its reports (or call them leftist propaganda perhaps?)?
    Third, it's not about people who 'don't want to pay their own medical bills'. It's about reducing substantially the number of families that goes broke because one of them (the son or the daughter or the father otr the mother or...) just happened to get cancer or some other very nasty disease. Being ill should NOT means 'go broke'.

    February 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Rickster

    Excellent news......last November's elections are paying off already.

    February 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Rose

    Don't expect much from the new GOP-run House. Their new schedule is to work 2 3-day weeks, and then take one week off. If you look at their current schedule, it mostly shows the days they will be off for whatever reason. They obviously have no plan to do much, except grandstand to their base, while accomplishing nothing except screwing over the American people to the point that we get so desperate, we'll accept ANYTHING from those bozos. Good luck in 2012, and if they manage to take over in 2012, then good luck America!

    February 8, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Kara

    The republican motto-Take all you can and give nothing back'!

    February 8, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    The Health Insurance Bureaucracy Act ( ObamaCare ) is a poor excuse for health care reform. It was poorly executed and needs to be extinguished. We can do better! We sent plenty of Republicans to Washington in November based on their promise to do better. Taking ObamaCare apart has to be the first step.

    February 8, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. duke

    How did the volume get turned down??
    The second day the congress was turned over to the dems,the political alarm was blaring loud,and the same is to be said about the president??
    But now that Republicans have won (and done nothing)there is no sense of having to work for the people,
    Just more proof that money and special interest give americans their opinion!
    Oh yeah!!

    February 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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