Opening Act: De(fund)lay Obamacare!

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Sept. 13 2013 8:24 AM

Opening Act: De(fund)lay Obamacare!

A pack of House Republicans are finally acting on the idea smart anti-Obamacare-ians have been crying out for since early summer. Instead of defunding Obamacare outright, they want to delay it for a year—past the next election.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

[I]nstead of relying on a legislative maneuver to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare without risking a shutdown at the end of the month, it contains language that would actually zero out funding for the president’s signature health care law.
It could spell trouble for the Ohio Republican and other members of the leadership team as they try to come up with a strategy that won’t alienate their base but has an actual chance of passing the Senate.
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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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