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Speaker John Boehner may be trying to finalize a plan to raise the debt limit, but House conservatives are already skeptical of his efforts. In interviews, several of them tell me they’re unlikely to support any deal that may emerge.
“They may try to throw the kitchen sink at the debt limit, but I don’t think our conference will be amenable for settling for a collection of things after we’ve fought so hard,” says Representative Scott Garrett (R., N.J.). “If it doesn’t have a full delay or defund of Obamacare, I know I and many others will not be able to support whatever the leadership proposes. If it’s just a repeal of the medical-device tax, or chained CPI, that won’t be enough.”
Representative Paul Broun (R., Ga.) agrees, and says Boehner risks an internal rebellion if he decides to broker a compromise. “America is going to be destroyed by Obamacare, so whatever deal is put together must at least reschedule the implementation of Obamacare,” he says. “This law is going to destroy America and everything in America, and we need to stop it.”
“Stay the course, don’t give in on it, that’s what the people in my district are saying,” says Representative Ted Yoho (R., Fla.). “We did a town hall the other day, and 74 percent of people said, ‘don’t raise the debt ceiling.’” [emphasis added]
Harry Reid is right. It's insanity. More than 40 votes to repeal/defund/fold/mangle and mutilate Obamacare have been taken and have gone nowhere. Obamacare is now open for business, never mind the shutdown. Now, global economic crisis brought on by default could potentially put a damper on it, and pretty much everything else, but they cannot win. No matter what snake oil they bought from Ted Cruz.
None of that seems to be reuniting them with reality, however. Not when the default deniers are gaining steam. Because nothing has become more critical to them than keeping people from having health insurance.