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Defunding Obamacare

Recorded on March 11, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Some Americans incorrectly believe Obamacare has been repealed. It has not. The U.S. House voted to repeal it, but the Senate refused. So how about defunding it? Easier said than done, because that requires rescinding billions of dollars already appropriated, plus cancelling $105-billion appropriated in advance over the next several years.

So far, neither house of Congress has shut off any of this $105-billion. They say they're looking for ways to reduce federal spending, so defunding Obamacare is a great place to start. Yet in the current negotiations about refusing to fund the rest of government until spending cuts are approved, Obamacare is not even on the table. It should be.

Those in charge should use their political leverage in these negotiations to defund Obamacare—but so far they've not shown the political courage to do that.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.