Klobuchar: GOP Obamacare plans amount to ‘poison pill partisanship’

REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Klobuchar is the vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Kevin Brady, R–Tex.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Boehner took direct aim at Senate Republicans, saying: “The fight over here has been won. The House has voted over 40 times to change Obamacare, to repeal it. It’s time for the Senate to have this fight.”

Boehner tried to downplay concerns about whether the House GOP plan could provoke a government shutdown — or that he is a strong enough leader to ensure that won’t happen.

“The biggest part of any leadership job is to listen,” Boehner told reporters. “We have listened our colleagues over the course of the last week. We have a plan that they’re happy with. We’re going forward.”

A group of extremists is threatening to hold our economy hostage using the debt ceiling and the threat of a government shutdown to re-litigate the same battle over defunding Obamacare,” she said. “The president has made clear he would veto this, so it’s nothing but a partisan poison pill.”

Since the Congressional Budget Office has said a defund effort would add more than $100 billion to the deficit, Klobuchar said that “from a policy standpoint, from a political standpoint, it’s nothing but gamesmanship.”

“We are completely united on this,” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said at the press conference. “We are not defunding Obamacare, and we are not negotiating on the debt ceiling. We believe, at least we hope, that the mainstream, reasonable Republicans, as they get closer and closer to the deadline, will come to their senses. If they think we’re going to back off, they’re wrong. They’re on another planet.”

Here’s Klobuchar’s committee report:

JEC Debt Ceiling Report

You can also learn about all our free newsletter options.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by jody rooney on 09/18/2013 - 03:13 pm.

    After looking at the states website

    it appears companies would be better off if the increased wages and let their employee’s buy their own health care. This would be more cost effective for them not only in the long run but in the short run.

    I am surprised that the Republicans wouldn’t support something that was so pro business.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/18/2013 - 03:46 pm.

    The result of the last government shutdown in 1995

    was four consecutive balanced budgets and the republicans gaining two seats in the senate in the 1996 election even as Clinton beat Dole (who opposed the republican shutdown).

    Also, today congressional conservatives unveiled their own alternative to Obamacare.

    “Under the proposal endorsed by the 175-member Republican Study Committee, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000.”


  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/18/2013 - 08:55 pm.

    The issue is the funding levels. Boehner isn’t just trying to pass a continuing resolution, he’s not even just trying to pass a continuing resolution with the sequestration intact in it. Boehner is trying to pass a continuing resolution that maintains the sequester numbers for domestic spending BUT lifts the sequester off of defense spending.

    In essence he’s trying to remove the part of the sequestration that the GOP hates without removing anything that the Dems hate. That is why congressional Dems are universally against it. He’s trying to turn a policy (sequestration) that was designed to punish both sides into a policy that will punish only the Dems. Of course they won’t help him. They don’t want him to win on this.

    Boehner’s problem is that the Tea Party doesn’t want to help him with winning a modest victory, they want him to do the impossible: repeal legislation that was passed by a House Majority and a Senate Super-majority and signed into law by a President using only a House Majority and some incendiary language. That’s like trying to move a boulder put in place by an industrial crane using a car jack and a prayer.

  4. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 09/19/2013 - 08:03 am.


    Hey, because 40 attempts to repeal ACA just ain’t enough! We have to go for a new record in complete failure to govern and shoot for 41.

    On the plus side, it’s good to see they’re focused on jobs! Oh wait…

Leave a Reply