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House Threatens to Defund Healthcare Reform in Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, DC -- Friday, the Republican-controlled House plans to vote on a resolution that would prevent a government shutdown, but strip away funding of President Obama's health care overhaul.
WASHINGTON, DC -- If a deal between Congress and the White House isn't reached, the government will run out of money in just 12 days.
Friday, the Republican-controlled House plans to vote on a resolution that would prevent a government shutdown, but strip away funding of President Obama's health care overhaul.

"There should be no conversation about shutting the government down. That's not the goal here," says House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).  "Our goal here is to cut spending and to protect the American people from Obamacare. It's as simple as that."

In an effort to placate his conservative members, Speaker Boehner hopes to pass a bill that extends government funding for 3 months, but defunds the president's health care law.
The Senate is then expected to omit the language on health care, and send the bill back to the House.

President Obama made it clear to a group of business leaders the measure won't pass his desk.  "We have not seen this in the past that a budget is contingent on us eliminating a program that was voted on, passed by both chambers of Congress, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, is two weeks from being fully implemented, and that helps 30 million people finally get health care coverage."

If the House doesn't act, the government will run out of money on October 1.  And the House also wants to make raising the debt ceiling contingent of defunding the Affordable Care Act.
"This is worth fighting over," believes Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA).  "A government health care takeover? And a program that's not even ready? This isn't just a philosophy that we are debating, this is chaos versus common sense."

But if the measure passes the House, Senate Democrats are sure to vote it down.

"This small group of people, who even Republicans know are off the deep end on this issue, have the Republican leadership in the house so shaken and scared that that leadership is going along with that insane plan," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

The debt ceiling measure is expected to come to the House floor, next week.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)

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