Ted Cruz’s efforts to force the defunding of Obamacare seem to have borne fruit. According to a September 18, 2013 story in the Daily Caller, the House Republicans will now pass a continuing resolution that will cut all funding for the health care reform law. This will be the opening shot in a new war over the future of health care in the United States.
The thinking seems to be among the House leadership that the onus will be on Cruz, along with other defund Obamacare advocates such as Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee, to overcome objections of Democrats and pass the CR in the Senate. Should they fail to do so, then the House will go to Plan B, which will tie a one year delay of Obamacare with a one year increase in the debt ceiling, which most feel has a better chance of passing.
The conventional wisdom is that Senate Democrats will balk and will force a showdown with the House that will either force a government shutdown which will be blamed on the Republicans or the House will cave. Cruz and his compatriots believe that they can rally enough public support to peel off enough Democrats to pass the CR, putting the onus on President Obama to sign or repeal.
Defund advocates note that discontent against Obamacare is rising. Also, according to new Rasmussen Poll, a majority would accept a government shutdown, albeit begrudgingly, if that was what it would take to cut spending, including for Obamacare.