House Votes To Delay Obamacare

Posted at 10:52 AM, Sep 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-29 10:52:11-04

Washington (CNN) – In a move that makes a government shutdown very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.
The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is a deal-killer.
On top of that, Obama has already issued a veto threat.
If Washington can’t reach a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
“The Republicans’ first try was to defund Obamacare. Now they are slowly chipping away at it,” said Dana Bash, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent. “They want the president to negotiate. That is their line: the president needs to come to the table and negotiate.”
A Senate Democratic source told CNN there were no plans for the Senate to meet before Monday – the day the current fiscal year ends.
Congress could avert a shutdown by passing a temporary spending measure while the two chambers work out their differences. But neither side is talking about that now.
“I’ve not talked to anybody here who doesn’t think it’s a very, very big possibility, even Republicans, that the government won’t shut down — even for a short time,” Bash said.