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Blunt, McCaskill Clash on Obamacare in Government Shutdown Fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) says there is evidence that Obamacare won't work, and he's vowing to defund it.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) says there is evidence that Obamacare won't work, and he's vowing to defund it.

In a statement Tuesday, Missouri's junior senator said he will continue to fight for a resolution already passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. That continuing resolution (CR) allocates $986 billion to keep the government afloat through December 15.

"My colleagues on the other side of the aisle face an important decision this week: They can stand with the overwhelming majority of Americans who have rejected Obamacare, or they can stand with Leader Reid and President Obama. I hope Senate Democrats will work with Republicans to defund this flawed law and replace it with common-sense health care solutions."

Meanwhile, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) told Fox News a majority of Americans support Obamacare, pointing to last fall's election in which "every single Democratic senator who supported the health care law was reelected."

She told constituents Tuesday, "Republicans shouldn't threaten to punish the American people by shutting down the government and refusing to pay the bills just because they didn't get 100 percent of what they want."

Blunt says he will "vote to begin debate on this bill and move to final passage...I will also vote against any attempts by the Majority Leader to restore funding for Obamacare."

Also Tuesday, Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor for remarks on the shutdown debate that could potentially last through the night.

"I don't think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor. "All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded, and none of us want that."

Instead, McConnell would at least like the opportunity to force vulnerable Democrats to cast a politically tough vote on the House plan.

Several central provisions of the healthcare law will go into effect on October 1, including the law's insurance exchanges, which allow people to comparison shop for health coverage in an online marketplace.

Some Republicans worry that if they can't stop the law before it gets off the ground, they'll never have another opportunity.
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