Press Room

Jul 30 2013

Obamacare Will Only End With Full Repeal

Citing the Congressional Research Service, Dr. Coburn outlines why attempts to defund Obamacare in CR will not work

On the Senate Floor, Dr. Coburn outlines why attempting to defund Obamacare is not a viable legislative strategy. 

"You cannot design a piece of a legislation that will defund Obamacare, because the vast majority of it is mandatory spending. No matter what we do in terms of a continuing resolution, and according to the CRS (Congressional Research Service), all things would continue in terms of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act...I want to defund this bill, but I also want to do it in a way that kills it. And there is not a legislative method that we have that is capable of defunding it short of 67 votes in the U.S. Senate, short of two-thirds votes in the U.S. House. " 

On a workable plan forward, Dr. Coburn said, "The only effective way to truly stop Obamacare - and I think we ought to do it, to stop it - would be to totally reverse it. We don't have the votes to do that. But we do have the votes to delay it."