As the October 1 deadline for the Affordable Care Act looms, President Barack Obama has faced strong Republican Party opposition over the healthcare law. After congressional GOP members attempted a symbolic standoff against Obamacare, a Republican senator says the party has little chance in stopping the law from going into effect.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said to reporters Saturday (Sept. 21) during a Michigan Republican meeting that his party is running out of options to block Obamacare, despite critics on both sides of the aisle agreeing the sweeping healthcare law has certain issues. As reported by the Associated Press, Sen. Paul said GOP members will still fight the law but conceded there is little to be done at this point.
“I’m acknowledging we can’t probably defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” Rand said. “But by starting with our position of not funding it, maybe we get to a position where we make it less bad.”
A government shutdown has been threatened by Tea Party members of the GOP core, with the 2014 Fiscal Year set to begin on October 1 as well. The word from inside the Beltway is that Republicans and Democrats in Congress will bitterly agree to fund the government in despite efforts to keep Obamacare off the federal books.
There still remains scant hope from the Republican side that certain tweaks to the law, which was passed by both the House and Senate, will take place. Ranking GOP officials have been critical of the Tea Party’s stance and most agree the risk of shutdown would be ill-advised and counterproductive.