WASHINGTON (UPI) — Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., says the idea of shutting down the U.S. government to block healthcare reform implementation is “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”
Support is building among congressional Republicans for using a continuing resolution — providing funding for routine government operations — as leverage in their campaign to block implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is among the loudest voices supporting the stand, The Hill reported Friday.
Burr said Thursday stopping the funding in not achievable, and argued Republicans risk taking the blame if the government is shut down over the issue.
“I think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” said Burr. “As long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law. Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the deferral government.”