“The beast must be stopped—by not funding it,” Sarah Palin said about Obamacare. She is actively campaigning to derail the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unfortunately for her, a large majority of Americans—and even some Republicans—aren’t on board to jump the “Defund Obamacare” bandwagon, a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds.
A substantial 57 percent of poll respondents don’t want Obamacare to be defunded; only 36 percent would back Defund Obamacare. Of those who agreed that the ACA should be NOT defunded, the main reason for their stance was: “using the budget process to stop a law is not the way our government should work,” Kaiser added.
“Republicans and those with an unfavorable view of the law overall are more likely to approve of attempts to defund the ACA, but even among these groups, about a third (34 percent and 33 percent, respectively) say they disapprove,” Kaiser said. GOP-ers who surprisingly don’t support cutting off Obamacare argue that “Republicans don’t have the votes to make the defunding dream a reality,” Talking Points Memo said.
Those who are behind Defund Obamacare are hoping for a government shutdown—due to a budget impasse on the ACA—at the end of next month:” [T]he White House and Congress face a deadline [on Sept. 30] to renew regular funding for government operations — or risk a shutdown, ” The Washington Post said. “In a shutdown, many agencies would close but “essential” functions, such as Social Security and Medicare payments, would continue.”
The problem with this tactic? Sure when fall rolls around, congressional Republicans can vote to not pass legislation for Obamacare, cause a stalemate, and a government shut down occurs—but funding for the ACA will still continue!
“Most of the law’s implementation funding comes from sources other than annual spending bills, so the work of implementing it could largely continue even if the government were closed,” The Hill said.
“The idea that you would shut down the government unless you prevent 30 million people from getting health care is a bad idea,” President Obama said.