Both of the United States Senators Nebraska sends to Washington agree the federal health care law should be repealed. They disagree on an emerging strategy to keep it from fully going into effect.
Sen. Deb Fischer is one of 12 Republican Senators who have signed a letter vowing to oppose funding the federal health care law in the next fiscal year budget. Fischer, in an interview with Nebraska Radio Network, said that funding the health care law also should be part of the negotiations toward an increase in the debt ceiling when Congress returns to the Capitol next month.
Fischer says the federal health care law should be part of any budget negotiations.
“So I’m saying, my firm stand is, we shouldn’t be funding Obamacare,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fischer says the law should be part of the debate on what Congress should fund and what it shouldn’t fund. She calls the law flawed and says it shouldn’t be funded.
The law also is unfair, according to Fischer, who points out that while the White House has decided to delay enforcement of the mandate that businesses provide health care benefits to their employees, it wants to move forward with the other requirements of the law.
Sen. Mike Johanns agrees with Fischer that the law is deeply flawed. But, Johanns says the strategy being employed by his fellow Republicans is flawed as well.
“It doesn’t shut down the individual mandate. It does not shut down the subsidies. It does not shut down the taxes. It does not shut down what they’re doing to Medicare. It does not shut down the 26 million Americans who go on Medicaid,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, I don’t get their strategy at all.”
Johanns says the strategy risks the shutdown of the federal government without gaining anything. He says the votes aren’t there to defund the health care law and President Barack Obama wouldn’t agree to it even if they were.
Congress is on its August break. It returns to Capitol Hill next month. The federal fiscal year ends September 30th.
This article has been updated to more accurately reflect the content of the letter signed by Senate Republicans. – ed.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]