Shutdown City! House GOP to Pass One-Year Obamacare Delay



Looks like we're headed for a government shutdown. With the Republican plan to defund Obamacare dead in the water, House Republicans decided this afternoon to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government attached to a one-year delay of the health law instead. That makes a government shutdown next week quite likely.

Current funding for the government ends on Monday, and if the House, the Senate, and the White House don't agree on a new funding plan by then, all government services and functions deemed non-essential will close until a funding plan can be put in place. President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have both reiterated in recent days that they will not agree to any continuing resolution that defunds or delays all or part of Obamacare. 

A unanimous handcount in a meeting of House Republicans today suggests that the new CR with delay attached will pass with every GOP vote in the lower chamber.

House Speaker John Boehner explained the decision to attach a delay measure in a statement. "The American people don't want a government shut down and they don't want ObamaCare…We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it's up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown. 

Pushing to delay the health law has always made a lot more sense, both as a political tactic and a public message, than the push to defund. But it still faces the same essential barrier as the defund push did, which is that Democrats in the Senate have made it clear they won't sign on to a delay provision. And even if they unexpectedly did, a delay measure would still have to be passed by President Obama, who has vowed not to accept any delays to the health law as part of the negotiating process. 

Which means that the two parties appear to be at an impasse, with no resolution likely before current government funding expires at the end of Monday. Shutdown city, here we come! 

Update: Congressional sources suggest to NRO's Robert Costa that it's possible, although far from certain, that Speaker Boehner might pursue a one-week funding bill in order to create additional time to negotiate a longer continuing resolution.  

Update 2: To no one's surprise, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made it clear that the majority-Democrat upper chamber won't pass the House's new Obamacare-delaying CR. "Senate will reject any attempt to force changes to the health care law through a government funding bill or the debt ceiling," he Tweets. "Today's vote by House Republicans is pointless. The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."

Update 3: And here's the White House response, via Politico:

"Today Republicans in the House of Representatives moved to shut down the government," reads the statement from press secretary Jay Carney.

"Republicans in Congress had the opportunity to pass a routine, simple continuing resolution that keeps the government running for a few more weeks," Carney said. "But instead, Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law."

"Any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown," Carney added.

Update 4: I'm now hearing that the House GOP is planning to attach two amendments to the continuing resolution: a one year delay of Obamacare, and a full repeal of the law's medical device tax. The Obamacare delay is clearly a non-starter in the Senate, but the plan may be to accept the medical device tax repeal (presuming the Senate can be pursuaded to go for it at some point), then pass an otherwise clean CR, declare victory, and move on. 

Update 5: And now Costa suggests that the backup plan when the Senate inevitably rejects a one-year delay in the health care law may be a new CR—one that includes an amendment that would undo the recent ruling that Congress members and staffers who are required to purchase health insurance from the law's exchanges can carry over their existing employer-provided coverage subsidy. 

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  1. “Looks like we’re headed for a government shutdown.”

    What if they threw a government and nobody came?

    1. It’s not just a government shutdown:

      NY Times headline says “U.S. Shutdown Nears…”

      You still have two days to buy bottled water and duct tape.

      1. Nah, I’m armed and in new york, my neighbors can buy it for me.

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  2. Speaking of wistful shutdowns: 52% of Californians want high speed rail project shutdown

    A majority of voters want the California bullet train project stopped and consider it a waste of money, even as state political leaders have struggled to bolster public support and make key compromises to satisfy critics, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found.

    Statewide, 52% of the respondents said the $68-billion project to link Los Angeles and San Francisco by trains traveling up to 220 mph should be halted. Just 43% said it should go forward.

    The poll also shows that cracks in voter support are extending to some traditional allies, such as Los Angeles-area Democrats, who have embraced the concept of high-speed rail as a solution to the state’s transportation problems. The survey results suggest that the current plan and its implementation are of specific concern to those voters, according to officials with the Republican and Democratic firms that jointly conducted the poll.

    Unfortunately Moonbeam’s legacy is more important than the state’s fiscal solvency.

    1. Sort of like 52% of people who eat a McDouble want it purged from their system 30 minutes later… but you know they’ll be back at lunchtime tomorrow.

    2. It’s worse than 52%; a state judge has made it clear that the project is specifically NOT operating withing the law!
      And then he said, well, go ahead anyhow…

    3. some traditional allies, such as Los Angeles-area Democrats, who have embraced the concept of high-speed rail as a solution to the state’s transportation problems

      Who the heck believes this? None of “the state’s transportation problems” involve the lack of a method to travel between SF and LA slower than an airplane, but faster than a car. People support it because they think trains are cool and it will reduce global warming. (Yes, the Earth’s average temperature will be .00001 degree cooler if we build it! Totally worth it!)

  3. Load the cannons and prepare to fire on Ft Sumter.

  4. Well, somebody’s going to have to back down at some point here. My bet is unfortunately that it’s Boner and his remaining allies in the House GOP, which probably means he ain’t Speaker after 2015, one way or ‘tother.

    1. If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, the GOP will “fold like hotcakes” in the fight to defund Obamacare, Sen. Tom Coburn said Friday afternoon before a critical set of votes.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/…..z2gED9iJfr

      1. “fold like hotcakes”

        Around a couple links of maple sausage?

      2. Wow, what a fuckstick.

        Coburn isn’t very admirable either.

  5. This thread would not be complete without some samples of the DemocraticUnderground comments.


    This is one of the most insane, traitorous acts by an American political party in our nation’s history. It cannot stand, even if there goes my 401K.

    From the Press Room, in the final days, he should announce that he has instructed the DOJ and SEC to investigate any put-options levied against US debt by Congressional Members, Staff and their families under the USA Patriot Act (the act that removed the term “foreign” from the definition of terrorism).

    1. “This is one of the most insane, traitorous acts by an American political party in our nation’s history.”

      Poor little sumbitch never heard of ‘opposing parties’ I guess.

      1. Oh, and where was this piece of shit when that hag Pelosi jammed Obamacare through?

      2. Takes an insane traitor to know one I guess.

      3. No, no, no! It’s not treason when Democrats do it! Heck, they can even sexually harass, rape, and even kill women in drunk driving accidents, and still be the party that “defends women.”

        1. Oops, this was a reply to Finrod below.

    2. Taranto outlined how Teddy Kennedy added campaign finance reform to a debt ceiling increase bill despite Nixon’s disapproval, back in 1973.

      Interesting how these Team Dark Blue types think that Teddy Kennedy was a traitor.

    3. Here’s a thread of pants shitting about open carriers…

      I (almost) wish that all gun nuts would do the “Open carry in stores and public places thing”…

      …all the time.
      After about a week or two of 90% of the public scared to death to even go down to Sears, shit would start hitting the fan.

      I could just hear it now:

      Sears and/or any Large consumer store: I understand Senator but also understand this, our sales have dropped 47 percent because people are afraid to go anywhere….and keep this in mind. Our fat campaign checks can always go to your opponent.
      Maybe HE/SHE can get this shit straightened out.

      Actually…we should get even the Gun Control people in on this! Let’s carry guns around ALL the time. I’d do it in a heartbeat. Make yourself so obnoxious that people would DREAD to see a Gun Nut in public. I’d love to see the Gun Nuts start shitting themselves because they would know their little “Show my Dick” thing is coming to an end.

      Okay. Sure, whatever.

      1. Sooo, unless an armed individual is a little stormtrooper, wearing a badge and gunning your dog down in cold blood, this little shit stain is too terrified to leave the house? Good, little shit stain deserves to drown in a pool of his own cowardice…

      2. Let’s carry guns around ALL the time. I’d do it in a heartbeat.

        You just know someone in the gun control crowd would shoot his foot off.

      3. “After about a week or two of 90% of the public scared to death to even go down to Sears, shit would start hitting the fan.”

        Well, that, or after a week or two of bodies completely failing to stack up like cordwood and blood failing to flow in the streets, people would just get the hell over it. Then again, what do I know? I live out in FOA where the mere sight of a gun doesn’t automatically send people into a conniption.

    4. I thought the last government shutdown actually resulted in a balanced budget, or something close to it.

      1. Nah, it resulted in a Bill Clinton reelection.

        1. Goddamn are you a dumb son of a bitch.

          Yeah, bob dole was totally gonna crush clinton, but the government shut down saved the presidency.


          1. Only Republican I ever voted for.

            Mostly on the grounds that Clinton staff held FBI files on Republican law makers at the white house.

            I still don’t understand why that fact didn’t run Clinton out of town.

            1. I had forgotten about that. The answer: the Democrat media wasn’t going to make a stink.

            2. Because Clinton staff held FBI files on a lot of folks?

  6. Not a good tactical move. Now all the media will be talking about the shutdown next week, when they would otherwise be talking about the IT debacle unfolding with the exchanges. They should have passed a clean two-week CR, and then come back to it after everyone in the country got to see the first two weeks of Obamacare.

    1. There aren’t any good tactical moves. No matter what happens the media is going to blame it on the GOP.

      1. Solution: ignore the media.

        It may be a poor tactical move, but the strategy is sound.

        And in the long run, strategy defeats tactics.


        1. As the saying goes, the body politic can remain irrational longer than you can remain politically viable.

      2. “These exchanges aren’t working because the GOP was so obstructionist and kept refusing to implement the law instead of pledging their cooperation to help it get started.”

  7. What the hell does a delay accomplish? And how on earth does having an onerous democrat bill kicked down the road help the GOP in 2014 elections?

    Rush was right- if the bill is so bad, and destined to collapse, why not let it be implemented, if it can’t be repealed?

    1. Dems in red or purple districts are going to be loathe to vote for BO-Care a month before Congressional elections.

    2. The GOP is is that once more people get on the government teat, you can never get them off. The media will play up any success and play down every failure.

    3. I agree with americanex…why push it down the road for a year? Just to prove you can?

      The main part, the heart and soul of this bill is simply make it illegal for people NOT to buy health insurance. As though people would have bought it, but it just didn’t occur to them?

  8. I predict that Obama and the dems will “regretfully” agree to a one year delay because they know that implementation is going to kill them politically. Delay it for a year and then bash the ‘obstructionist republicans’ for a year heading into the mid-terms.

    1. The media could run a “death clock” that tallies up all the uninsured babies that die from selfish teathuglican obstructiionism.

      1. They kept hammering that “45,000 people die every year from lack of insurance”, so I can definitely see The Huffington Post and Slate doing that like they do with guns.

        1. So we’ll just make it illegal for them NOT to have it! Automatically creating millions of criminals.

      2. The problem is that would demoralize the progtards who actually think this thing will work.

    2. That would be the smart thing to do. But they seem to be complete crazy right now.

      I am not sure how a delay will play with the public. I think a lot of people will think a delay is a good idea. But we will see

    3. I predict that Obama and the dems will “regretfully” agree to a one year delay because they know that implementation is going to kill them politically.

      They’d rather have that happen now than a month before midterm elections. And their approach is going to be to blame the “obstructionist Republicans” for all the implementation problems, like refusing to set up state exchanges. I used to think they couldn’t get away with that, but then the 2012 election happened.

  9. The problem is that BOTH sides fear a government shutdown because they are terrified that they might shut down the federal government and the sheeple won’t actually notice any negative effects on their lives. They might actually realize that they don’t NEED the lumbering leviathan in DC, and then they lose their power.

    1. The House should pass, DOD, DHS and Social Security bills. So soldiers get paid, the borders stay open and old people get their checks. I bet no one would notice if the rest of the government was closed for a year.

    2. because they are terrified that they might shut down the federal government and the sheeple won’t actually notice any negative effects on their lives.

      I can assure you the news will be filled with tear jerk stories a week from now.

      1. you know they still send out checks on government shut down right?

    3. “What we need right now is a clear message to the people of this country. This message must be read in every newspaper, heard on every radio, seen on every television. This message must resound throughout the Interlink. I want this country to realize that we stand on the edge of oblivion. I want every man, woman, and child to understand how close we are to chaos. I want everyone to remember, why they need us! “

    4. They’ll shut down Yellowstone park, the
      Washington Monument.

      Remember they’ve got the MSM the back them up.

      1. They certainly would, though the Washington Monument has already been shut down for over 2 years due to earthquake damage.

  10. This also is the wages of Obama’s divisiveness. If Obamacare had been bipartisan, some Republicans would feel compelled to defend it. If Obama had even the smallest ability to talk to Republican voters and hadn’t spent five years calling them racists and every other name in the book, he could maybe do something to defuse Republican anger over this. Funny how the same party that spent the aftermath of 911 wondering why such people hated us, can’t ask themselves the same question regarding their fellow Americans.

    1. Yes the problem was that O’Romneycare as designed by the Heritage Foundation was too one-sided.

      1. The problem is you are a retarded lying piece of shit who can’t even cut and paste the lies your handlers give you properly. God you are a grotesque fuck up.

      2. It’s not sticking, bub. You may as well give it up.

    2. Most Senate Republicans are defending BO-care, actually.

      1. Citation?

        1. Yesterday’s cloture vote.

        2. The Republican vote was 25 – 19 in favor of cloture, so… “Most Senate Republicans are defending BO-care, actually.” is an accurate statement.

          1. That’s quite a leap to ‘defending Ocare’. Tulpacal duplicity.

  11. The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists.

    Sigh. Whatever anyone thinks of legislative salaries, I am certain that he makes enough to afford a dictionary. And yet.

    1. He doesn’t make enough, however, to afford a brain.

    2. I read that little quip and just about shat myself. I haven’t cried from laughing in a long time.


    3. Maybe he meant “Tea Party antichrists”?

      1. Being the manifestation of anti-Chicago Jesus, the term “Tea Party antichrists” makes more sense…

  12. Oh, government “shutdown”. So, I’m guessing if I don’t pay my property taxes or something, that government will be functioning juuuuust enough to kick my door in and throw me in a hole until I pay them.

    1. Remember kids: If you don’t pay your taxes, armed thugs will put you in a cage.

      Pay your f*#&*@$ taxes.

      1. Stop it with the “your” taxes bullshit.

        1. Sorry I don’t have a copy of Juice’s Libertarian Dictionary of Preferred Terminology for Political Discourse on hand.

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  13. There’s some bullshit goin’ here. My faucet is still puttin’ out water. Where da shutdown at?

  14. “Any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown,” Carney added.

    Oh I just love it that our entire country is being run like immature 18 year olds committing relationship blackmail. “If you break up with me, I swear I’ll commit suicide. Therefore, it’s your fault if I commit suicide”.

  15. “Today’s vote by House Republicans is pointless. The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists. That’s our job!”

  16. “If the House, the Senate, and the White House don’t agree on a new funding plan by then, all government services and functions deemed non-essential will close until a funding plan can be put in place.”

    Someday, maybe they’ll get into this situation and then make the shutdown permanent. Then we can start celebrating Libertopia.


    Maybe someday? Congress will refuse to fund some president, and the president will simply ignore Congress. He’ll order the Treasury to keep collecting taxes, and he’ll start spending all that money himself without Congress’ input.

    That’s the way the U.S. becomes a dictatorship.

    1. He’ll order the Treasury to keep collecting taxes

      He’ll order the Treasury to keep printing money.

      Corrected for you.

      1. I was thinking of Bismark. It wouldn’t be the first time an effective dictatorship came to power that way. I’d say that’s the most likely way a U.S. president would become a dictator–and most of the people that get a check from the government would probably stand behind him.

  17. I think this is the smart move. The stupid party is being not so stupid.

  18. Pushing to delay the health law has always made a lot more sense….

    Fools who know not what they babble of. Or liberals, who are trying to twist the logic, once again. Hard to say which it is sometimes.

    Oppose ObamaCare, but meanwhile let the Democrats own this piece of shit lock, stock, and barrel. That means attempt to repeal or de-fund entirely, but under no conditions should the Republicans delay it, or agree to delay it. Or any piece. Force the Democrats to follow through on it.

    Delaying it only helps the Democrats, because they can’t come through on much of this deal. Let the public see that. And let the people see what they really get on the parts they actually can come through on.

    1. …and then we’d have Ocare. And may or may not be able to get rid of it. I’d rather not take the ‘all in’ approach. Delaying is good positioning and Dems will be loathe to vote for it just before the midterms.

    2. The Democrats would rather put off complete implementation until sometime after the next presidential election, I’m sure.

      1. Which is my whole freaking point. Don’t let them get away with it.

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  21. As I’ve said before, what they should do is pass a resolution with an amendment that allows minimal high-deductible, catestrophic-only plans to qualify to avoid the penalty.

    That would virtually nullify the individual mandate and community rating provisions, since deductibles are going to be so high that people with chronic or pre-existing conditions aren’t going to buy them.
    It would allow healthier individuals to “opt-out” of the comprehensive plans that force them to subsidize other people’s care.

    Get that and maybe also a tax deduction for individuals purchasing insurance, and it would go a long way to fixing the healthcare market.

  22. Boner is going to have an erection that lasts more than 5 hours. Then its going to go flaccid and fall off.

  23. Shut it down…. for real. See if anyone cares.

  24. Having worked in a government office for one decade, responsible for a Departments budget – the Director and his henchmen’s orders were to find ways to:1) increase yearly budget requests by 5% (at least, more if possible), 2) increase FTE’s -Full Time Employees, and 3) add Programs eligible for national awards and recognitions. Never, ever did that Department: a. add value, b. better any “bottom line” results, c.become more efficient, d. reduce waste, e. reduce fraud, f. improve bookkeeping, g. create a registry for tracking outstanding RFP’s, h. controlling Engineering “change Orders” (read: cost overruns).The department’s driving goal was to increase yearly budget requests under any pretense possible. Not one single year, since it’s inception, did that department reduce costs to all taxpayers. Sad, but this is Washington DC’s Elite driving force, more: 1) greed, 2)power and out-and-out 3)corruption. If a “Balanced Budget Amendment” isn’t enacted urgently this Kabuki Theatre will continuously repeat itself, year after year after year. There is a finite amount of OPM(Other People’s Money) available for “redistribution!”! Once it’s all gone…America is, too. Pray. Amen. Wake-up America! Join a Tea Party Remember: Obamacare has TEN YEARS OF GUARANTEED INCOME FROM SOME 21 NEW TAXES.

  25. The funny thing is that Obama wanted to delay several key portions of Obamacare without getting Congressional approval. Now that the House is trying to delay it, he is throwing a hissy fit.

    I wish the media would roast him over his hypocrisy.

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