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How Defunding Obamacare Became A GOP Strategy

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Posted on September 20 2010 8:00 pm
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Right after Obamacare passed, I realized that if the GOP managed to take back Congress, it wasn’t going to be possible to immediately repeal the bill. Moreover, without 60 votes in the Senate, I knew it was going to be extremely difficult to make any significant changes to it before it went into effect. So, the question was: How does the GOP stop Obamacare when they can’t repeal it and they can’t significantly change the law?

I had an idea: We could use the power of the purse to defund it. If we refused to spend any money to implement Obamacare, it would prevent the program from really getting started.

So, I got in touch with some of the congressional aides I work with behind-the-scenes to see how feasible this was. None of them had considered this idea or even heard anyone talk about it, but after thinking it over, they said it could work.

At that point, I briefly mentioned the idea in a Townhall column and wrote a piece on it for RWN. It was called The Hawkins Strategy: Repealing Obamacare By Cutting Off The Funds.

The problem with doing a full repeal of Obamacare is that it will take a majority in the House, the presidency, and 60 votes in the Senate.

Were I a betting man, I’d say condition one is very likely by 2012, condition 2 is definitely possible, but condition 3 is basically out of reach given that we only have 41 Senators right now. By 2014? Maybe, but under any circumstances, getting to 60 Senators is always extraordinarily difficult. Of course, we may be able to peel off some Democratic votes, but there’s no guarantee that will happen.

So, how do we kill Obamacare?

I have an idea.

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