Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Anti-Obamacare representatives urged to hold firm by Tea Party

Anti-Obamacare Lawmakers Urged to Hold Firm by Tea Party - Bloomberg - Toluse Olorunnipa & Greg Giroux:

October 9, 2013 - "The stalemate over federal government funding that consumes Washington is little more than an afterthought in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District....

"U.S. Representative John Fleming, the district’s congressman, is among the House Republicans pushing to change the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, as a condition to reopening the government – a standoff with President Barack Obama that caused the shutdown. The focus these Republicans have on dismantling the health-care law has been fueled by Tea Party activists, and Fleming’s district embodies that movement’s small-government, anti-Obamacare views, reinforcing his position.

"They don’t seem to be that riled about the shutdown, to be honest with you,' Fleming said of his constituents in an interview in the U.S. Capitol. Voters sent him to Congress, he added, to 'annihilate Obamacare'....

"The messages to Tea Party-backed House members – from states including Louisiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania – run counter to the notion of negotiations. These lawmakers are being cheered for holding ground, a dynamic that makes resolving the showdown a major political challenge for House Speaker John Boehner."

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