September 29th, 2013
01:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Defiant House delays Obamacare; government shutdown looms

Washington (CNN) - Less than 48 hours before a shutdown of the federal government would begin, House Republican leaders remained defiant in their effort to chip away at Obamacare - with one member of the House GOP leadership insisting the House will continue its effort to undermine the health care law and another faulting the Democratically controlled Senate for not working on Sunday.

In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. boungiorno

    here's what we are all getting ACA do you understand its what they can afford not us go back and read the fine print

    September 29, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. cc47

    I'd just like to point out that the people telling you the ACA is going to be horrible are the same people who told you Mitt Romney was going to win in a landside. Unskewed polls anyone?

    Delay? Delay why? Its been the law for three years, we all knew this was coming. Its time to let the ACA sink or swim. If it sinks, the repubs have nothing to worry about next year so why are we shutting down the government?

    September 29, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Of the last 17 government shutdowns, on average, lasted no more than 6-1/2 days. And just so some that think this is a complete closure of government, it isn't. Basic emergency services like police, fire, NWS, and the USPS, would all would still be active.

    September 29, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Of the last 17 government shutdowns, on average, didn't last more than 6-1/2 days. Emergency services remained active through each one.

    September 29, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Republican are America terrorist

    These republican are new America Terrorist they are holding our country hostage.

    September 29, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Name Uche Agonsi

    This is minority rule, a practice the world witnessed last under Apartheid South Africa. The difference is that the world should potentially geared to another round of economic upheaval. Its simply a reminder of how precarious the world depends on the negations of small-minded overzealous mad men.

    September 29, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. B

    Republicans are so willingly to shut down the government and cause everyone to suffer in some way, rather than allow their fellow Americans to have access to the same affordable health insurance that they have which is funded by tax payers' money. The GOP gives a new meaning to the word hypocrisy.

    September 29, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Obama's own words :"I will shut down the government if the affordable healthcare act is not funded."

    THAT is who to blame!!!

    No new ideas , no solutions , no vision , only blame !!!

    Benghazi , Benghazi and Green Eggs and Ham

    September 29, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. joe

    i have just burned my GOP card. no longer can i support a right wing party that is controlled by extremists and cry babies. where have all the grown ups gone? john huntsman was right... the current GOP attitude is exactly what is wrong with the republican party today.

    September 29, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Gary: Docs went to medical school; I trust they can figure out Obamacare just fine.

    September 29, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. rs

    Obama's own words :"I will shut down the government if the affordable healthcare act is not funded."

    THAT is who to blame!!!
    It is juvenile to try to blame this insanity on the President any more than the Sequester- written by the GOP, and about which Boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted.

    Just because it happens and the President (smartly I think) tells the GOP to take a hike- it's the Right that has worked time and again to hurt America. You guys own this one!

    September 29, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Evergreen

    For months members of the GOP have talked about shutting down the government. For months polls have shown that the GOP will be blamed for the shut down. GOP, you own this one.

    September 29, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Wes

    Why do democrats hate America so much?

    September 29, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. TomC

    Re: J
    Obama's own words :"I will shut down the government if the affordable healthcare act is not funded."

    THAT is who to blame!!!

    Well ... no. The President did not say that. You only said he did. Facts do get in the way, don't they?

    September 29, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. rs

    Why do democrats hate America so much?
    yeah, funny how we're the real Constitution supporting, pro-American, patriotic party now and the GOP is a front for Al Qaeda, eh?

    September 29, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. rs

    No that it is clear that the GOP has no concern about the debt or deficit (both of which will go UP if the ACA is rescinded), and the GOP tries to say this is about the debt ceiling (which won't change the ACA one bit, nor will it change what the government owns), will some one please explain what the GOP's problem is, because right now they look like garden variety hostage takers here.

    September 29, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Why do democrats hate America so much?


    Why waste my time !

    September 29, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. mike ryan

    watching crossfire tonight ralph nader talking accurately about our health care system. its not perfect but nothing is .what are you guys so afraid of . everybody gets health care here . and we spend half as much per person .looks from the outside like the big health care companies and insurance providers have a lot to lose . open your minds look at how other countries do this take it and make it better.its ok to take profit out of health care . don't let your parents lose there life savings because they get sick.yes we pay more for smokes booze and gas but we don't pay 500 dollars per month in insurance to get 300 back.OUR COUNTRY LOOKS AFTER ITS YOUNG ITS OLD AND ITS POOR , AND YOU KNOW ITS NOT SO BAD ! being a giving and sharing bunch has its rewards too.a Canadian who has had lots of experience with our health care system

    September 29, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. boungiorno

    Wes, i think people need to compromise! No one can have everything their way, no one!

    September 29, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. Anthony in California

    Why do democrats hate America so much?"

    ^^^ THIS ^^^

    Republicans must have a pair of some pretty big "green eggs" to utter something as opposite as this...

    September 29, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. Maripil

    Republicans are playing Russian roulette with their politics!! Shutting down the government will only backfire and get them out of office in 2014!!!

    September 30, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |

    The Guns Over People tea potty defund Obamacare push failed but they hustled big bucks from their simpletons. Vitter amendment.

    September 30, 2013 06:05 am at 6:05 am |

    The desperate Guns Over People tea potty let Rafael Cruz lead them to the cliff. He said "government shutdown" every step of the way.

    September 30, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
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