Yesterday Rep. Louie Gohmert, a congressman from Texas, announced that Republican lawmakers from both the House and Senate have been meeting regularly to devise a way to repeal, override, or otherwise hinder the implementation of Obamacare.
"Since May, there's been a group of senators and about 10 or 12 House members,” announced Rep. Gohmert. “We've been meeting once a week trying to figure out what's the strategy (to remedy the nation's current financial and healthcare woes) and (Senator) Mike Lee took the lead on the strategy, and the strategy is to fund every part of government including some things some of us don’t care to fund and completely defund Obamacare."
So far, the House has already held 40 separate votes to repeal Obamacare. However, the votes will never make it to the Democratic-controlled senate. These votes are largely symbolic.
One of the most prominent and controversial plans, advocated by Sen. Mike Lee, would involve utilizing the House’s power of the purse to defund Obamacare. Lee advocates that the House should refuse to pass the continuing resolution to fund the federal government unless Obamacare is not part of the funding. This ultimatum, opponents allege, would lead to a government shutdown. Support for this risky gambit is far from unanimous on behalf of all Republicans.
Whether it would lead to a government shutdown or Obama’s stand-down, it will certainly be a showdown between the legislative and executive branches.