Democrats threaten government shutdown now that GOP is ‘dangerously’ close to repealing Obamacare

Democrats are once again “throwing themselves on the floor while kicking and screaming.”

Screenshots of Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland (L) and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

House Democratic leaders issued an ultimatum that if Republicans insist upon moving forward with an Obamacare repeal and replace bill before the close of the week, they’ll oppose a spending bill to keep the government running.

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And just like every other time, the Republicans would be blamed for the shutdown.

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer delivered the threat to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday morning in an email, The Hill reported.

“If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat said in his email to California Republican McCarthy.

Although the GOP controls the House, the threat is not without teeth.

Conservative Republican House members have historically opposed temporary government funding bills. Accordingly, the GOP will require some Democratic support to pass such a resolution.

“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That’s why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”

The Hill reported:

The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Friday night, much of the federal government would shut down.

Republicans are eying a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, to buy time for the negotiators to iron out the remaining sticking points — a temporary extension that was expected to pass easily with bipartisan support.


The House GOP’s attempt to approve an Obamacare repeal and replace measure on March 23, the seventh anniversary of when that act was signed into law failed. Since then, Republicans have been able to hammer out a new proposal that has gained the approval of conservatives.

A vote on the new proposal could come as early as this week — but not if the Democrats have any say about it.

“If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county’s health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week Continuing Resolution on their own,” Hoyer said.

The GOP could have used that very language to describe Obamacare — “ pay more for less,” “destabilizing our county’s health care system” and not really knowing how much it will cost.

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Social media saw it all as more of the same from the party of whiners.

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