Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, recently told Fox that “We can dent this, kick it, slow it down to make sure it never happens. And trust me,” he emphasized, “I’m going to make sure this health care bill never ever, ever is implemented.”
Brad Blakeman, who worked in the Bush White House agrees, saying, “They are going to be looking at the budget items that affect healthcare. They are going to be dissecting that 2000-page bill and picking apart those parts of the bill that can be defunded now.”
Jim Kessler, the vice president for policy at Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank, offers this analogy for the Republican strategy: “You have a car — that’s the health care bill. And they’re doing enough things to mess up the engine, to make it only drive at 45 miles and hour, not 65 miles an hour. But it’s still a car, it’s still driving and it’s still going to get there.”
It’ll just take longer, he says, but stopping the funding won’t stop the law, only complicate it, according to Kessler….