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Republican Party eyes choking health law funding

Politico, August 3, 2010

Republicans may not be able to repeal the Democrats’ healthcare reform law next year, but they’re eyeing the next best thing: denying the Obama administration the money it needs to implement the law. GOP candidates across the country are running on a promise to repeal the law. But simply winning the House and Senate wouldn’t get them there; they'd need to corral two-thirds majorities to overcome what would be an almost certain veto from President Barack Obama. Resigned to that fact, Republicans are now readying a campaign trail message that voters should grant them the power of Congress’s purse strings so that they can choke off funding for the law.