Posted: July 26, 2013
By Elizabeth Harrington and Curtis Houck
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said Republicans will do “everything we can” so Americans are not put through the “horrific experience” of Obamacare but would not say if that includes blocking its funding in the continuing resolution, the surest way to halt the individual mandate and other aspects of the law slated for implementation in 2014.
“No decision has been made about how we’re going to deal with the CR next month, in September,” Boehner said when CNSNews.com asked if he agreed with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that funding for the individual mandate be halted in the continuing resolution, or CR, in the fall.
The CR is a catch-all funding mechanism that has been used frequently over the last few years because Congress has not passed, nor the president signed, a fiscal year budget. The CR, under negotiation now, would appropriate funds to keep the government operating past Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2013.
“Obamacare in my view, it’s driving up the cost of health insurance. It’s denying people access to quality care, and it’s killing jobs in America,” Boehner said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “That’s why we voted some 39, 40 times to defund or repeal Obamacare.”