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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    More of the same complain, campaign and instead of no the new word is repeal. Nothing about jobs.

    February 8, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. carrotroot

    This is a dumb move by the Republicans, starving the new health care law accomplishes absolutely nothing.

    February 8, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. TB

    These hypocrites want to defund health care reform at the same time they themselves are enjoying the benefits of the very type of federal taxpayer funded, government run, socialized, SOCIALIST healthcare that they claim is "unamerican" and "wrong" for people like you and me. HYPOCRITES! How about we the people defund THEIR healthcare plan?

    February 8, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Congress should immediately defund the Congressional health care plan. By defunding the Congressional health care plan, Congress will force itself to come up with an alternative plan which does not involve government control of the the Congressional health care plan. We don't want the government to be in control of health care, except for Medicare.

    February 8, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    The GOP is against everything. What else is new? This country faces so many problems, it should scare every American that this little band of Tea Party have power and have no intention of trying to address any of them.

    February 8, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ohhhh, this out to be good to watch, upset the old people who vote by taking away their medicare funding, great move've already lost the new generation, now make sure you lose the old one too.

    Do you Republicans have targets on your feet, because you seem to be shooting yourself in the foot every other day!!!!

    February 8, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    [House GOP leaders have vowed that they would use Congress' power of the purse to defund the new law.]

    1. Did they compare the COST of Health Care Reform to what we are paying NOW in our premiums to COVER the UNCOVERED!!

    2. Are they thinking about what it will cost to DEFUND a process that has already begun?

    3. Are they – or do they care about Pre-Existing illnesses that will NOT be covered if they had their way?

    4. Are they thinking about parents who care about the fact that they can cover their kids until they are 26 years old?

    5. Are they REALLY THINKING??????????????? Hell NO they're NOT!!!

    Can you create some JOBS – Oh no we CAN'T!!
    How about a little Compromise? – WHAT? We're RepubliCAN'Ts!!
    Do you have any SOLUTIONS? – Yep, DEFUND is our CONCLUSION!!
    DADT repealed now WHAT? – We'll also CRUSH that in the BUTT!!
    I guess the Dream Act is DOA – You got that right as of TODAY!
    So is there anything else you want to PASS – HELL NO!! we'll just sit on our ASS!!!

    Is this what the American people want in 2012???? Hell NO we DON’T!!

    February 8, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I no longer want any of my tax dollars funding any war or any of the job killing republicans health care. They work two days a week for two weeks and get two weeks off. I only hope the white haired baggers who voted in this slime will start to realize that were lied to by the finest from the republican culture of corruption.

    February 8, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. annie s

    Will these people stop it already! I am sick and tired of Republicans lying and trying to turn the clock back. This bill isn't perfect – but the nonsense that it is "job killing" is ridiculous. Republicans like to say job come from small business – well, small businesses (those with less than 50 employees) are exempt from having to purchase insurance for their employees. If they have less than 25 full time employees, they are given a huge tax break (35% now, growing to 50% in 2014) for any premiums they do pay. In my business, and every other small business, that helps me to hire new employees.

    February 8, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The job killing right wingnut bagger fascists who are hell bent on destroying our country really need to be called out.

    February 8, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. w l jones

    I thought we ended slavery in 1864 but some of my fellow American! Republican spending all theirs time running all over the country and not durning any work while aide having to do everything. This is not an Monancy which everybody do there fair share of work if study all law one vote on.

    February 8, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    Root and stem wrote: 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.

    So since you assume everyone on the left is a crack addict, is it OK if we all assume everyone on the right hopes those on the left commit suicide as you do? BTW – one of the major reasons the economy WAS collapsing was the fact that when people got sick they would frequently lose their savings, homes and any disposable income they had paying for healthcare. I really feel sorry for you, you make Four and the Door seem rational.

    February 8, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    where are the jobs, you ask? Well if the GOP has it's way and defunds healthcare that not only means less people will have health insurance but it will put more people out of work. Of course then the unemployment rate will go back up and then they can say "Look Obama has failed to create jobs" and the same morons that fell for their lies that helped sweep them into office (along with a lot of money from the C of C and Koch Bros, et al) will say YES time to vote Obama out in 2012. Too bad some of our voters have become so dense but as they say, OH WELL!!

    February 8, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Eric "The Weasel" Cantor steals from everyone and gets his jollies off with big payoffs from the Kochs and the billionaires who he met with in Palm Springs.

    February 8, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. TB

    Defund the Congressional healthcare plan NOW! Make members of Congress buy their own PRIVATE healthcare plans and pay for it out of their OWN pockets just like they want the American people to do!

    February 8, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Joan

    The US has one of the lowest rated health care systems in all of the industrialized countries. It has a higher infant mortality rate, lower life expectancy and more uninsured people than all the others. Of course the fat cats who have great insurance coverage brag about having the best health care system but it is just for themselves. They don't care a pin about others less fortunate than themselves. Americans never got the real truth about the health care bill anyway because the Tea Party and media sensationalized the silly rhetoric like "death panels" and "kill Grandma". Fact checkers should really figure out how much it will cost those people who will need to buy it. If they are low income folks they will be subsidized and if they are wealthy they shouldn't mind paying a bit more for coverage for all. Isn't that what a good Christian would do?

    February 8, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    does the GOP really NOT care about creating jobs and if the middle class has affordable healthcare?


    February 8, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. bob

    thank you repubs....I agree (and the dems admitted) that this health care bill was not perfect. So if you want to move forward, why not work to improve it? I love how the repubs say they are taking care of the people, when the reality is they are taking care of big business. Because NO ONE wants consumer protections and other benifits that this bill provides....why would the the ordinary people want that?

    February 8, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. marylandvoter

    Mr. Cantor: It is time to defund your district from any and all Federal monies! Period!

    February 8, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. gAVILAN24

    What a useless waste of time. How is this going to create jobs, help cities, rebuild infrastructure? Obstructionism may occasionally be called for, but stupid political posturing is a waste of my taxes you morons.

    February 8, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    And how many jobs will THIS create?

    February 8, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Mom concerned for the future

    The GOP is making a big mistake. The majority of Americans are beginning to see through the misinformation the GOP (with its health insurance company support) spread about the Healthcare Reform Law. The new law will require insurance companies to spend 80 -85 cents of each dollar WE pay to them on actual healthcare for US instead of big bonuses to their executives. The new law will also stop some of the worse health insurance company abuses. In addition, the new law will allow 30 MILLION more Americans to have health coverage. The best part is that the law will REDUCE the deficit as stated by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) a NON-PARTISAN entity and allow small businesses to hire more people now that they are getting a big tax credit to pay for their employee health insurance. It is a fabulous start to dealing with our troubled healthcare system. Getting rid of healthcare at this point will actually ADD to the deficit and cost jobs. The GOP doesn't care though - they are more worried about President Obama doing something that is popular and how to keep their health insurance company buddies happy. The GOP could care less about what is actually good for the American people or fixing any of our problems - they only care about their own power.

    February 8, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Russ

    So Cantor, how does this create jobs? And why do you get to say my tax dollars can't be used for abortion just because you don't want yours used? How many of these unwanted children do you plan to adopt? And as a man, you know what's best for the women of this country? This is because of your values? Well guess what bucco, you don't speak for the majority of this country on this issue so do what you were hired to do and leave this one to the doctors and their patients. While you're at it, drop out of your government funded health plan, paid for by me, until you let the rest of us have it to. Republicans make me sick.

    February 8, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Shari from Madison

    Is anyone surprised by this? Republican's don't care about affordable health care for those who are less fortunate than themselves. Republican Senator's and representatives would rather have poor people die than get decent health coverage. Their reply when confronted about this would probably be as follows: Emergency rooms need to treat indogent people but they don't understand that emergency rooms rarely really treat anyone who doesn't have insurance. They will look at them and maybe prescribe pills, but they don't care if the person should get more treatment than just a pill. i know this from an experience a person I know went thru. She was on disability and medicaide. She was quite ill and had to go to an emergency room. First, she had to wait 6 hours to be seen and then the doctor briefly looked at her, prescribed pills and sent her home. She was found dead the next morning. This would probably not have happened if she had decent health insurance.

    February 8, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Name king

    Why is these repugs fool is so bent on doing every thing to distroy the middle class poor and the needy while fighting like a bat out of hell to pour more tax money to the rich and powerful, they think they are hurting obama, Obama is just one man, what happens to the vow you guys take to help the American people, I just read that federal taxes are at the lowest in 61 years, yet the repugs see how devastating the federal budget is yet they want to give the rich more money from the budget. Where does these people come from, don't they have a soul.

    February 8, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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