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August 2, 2015

Burr: ‘Dumbest Idea’ to Shut Down Government Over Obamacare

Sen. Richard M. Burr on Thursday took aim at conservatives who have threatened to shut down the federal government if the 2010 health care law is not defunded, calling it the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

In an audio recording posted by Public Radio International’s Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, the North Carolina Republican was asked by reporters if he was supportive of the efforts led by GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida.

“That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of,” Burr said. “As long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be the law.”

One reporter — we suspect The Associated Press’ Andy Taylor — noted Burr was in the House during the 1995 government shutdown that proved disastrous for Republicans.

“I was around in 1995,” Burr acknowledged. “Some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you’d better have a specific reason to do it that’s achievable. Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government.”

A dozen GOP senators signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowing to oppose any spending bill that failed to defund Obamacare, including Rubio, Lee, Ted Cruz of Texas, Jim Risch of Idaho, Rand Paul of Kentucky,  James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, David Vitter of Louisiana, John Thune of South Dakota, Jeff Chiesa of New Jersey, Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa.

The letter follows:

Dear Leader Reid:

We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy.

In light of this admission, we believe the only way to avert disaster is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to reforming our healthcare system.

However, if Democrats will not agree with Republicans that ObamaCare must be repealed, perhaps they can at least agree with the president that the law cannot be implemented as written.  If the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it.

This is a matter not only of fiscal prudence, but of fundamental fairness as well. The president cannot seriously expect to waive ObamaCare’s onerous mandates on large businesses, while simultaneously forcing individuals and families to pay to implement an individual mandate the public has opposed since before the law was even passed.

For these reasons, we will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare.

 

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  1. LetItBurnUSA

    July 25, 2013
    3:46 p.m.

    Sen. Burr is up for reelection in 2016. We need to start recruiting primary challengers ASAP.

    • Leota2

      July 25, 2013
      5 p.m.

      Hmmmm. Yes, please do primary a sane republican. We need more people like you willing to completely make the GOP a regional political party.

      • LetItBurnUSA

        July 25, 2013
        5:13 p.m.

        As long as Obama is President, there is only one way to stop Obamacare. Defund it. Any Republican who refuses to do that needs to get voted out. Period.

      • hepette

        Sept. 14, 2013
        12:31 p.m.

        you just dont have a clue do you?

  2. El Puma

    July 25, 2013
    3:58 p.m.

    He’s right. This is just a waste of political capital for Republicans, not to mention the unnecessary harm it would do to the nation.

    • pcisbs

      July 26, 2013
      4:11 a.m.

      Wrong, read my post and the facts of article I posted.

  3. Rocketchip

    July 25, 2013
    6:56 p.m.

    Does Burr have two living brain cells?

  4. me

    July 25, 2013
    11:01 p.m.

    Primary Burr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “The American people have made it clear that they do not want this
    new law which imposes unconstitutional mandates, cuts Medicare benefits,
    dramatically increases federal spending and taxes, expands the scope
    and size of the federal government, and puts bureaucrats between
    patients and their doctors. It is not surprising that several states are
    taking action to block implementation of this law.

    “Americans are also outraged by how this law was rammed through
    Congress. From the secret drafting of the bill language, to the
    negotiation of sweetheart deals to buy votes, to the use of
    reconciliation procedures to sidestep Senate rules, most of this process
    has taken place behind closed doors, hidden from most members of
    Congress, the press and the American people. I believe this is
    undemocratic and flies in the fact of what our Founders intended.

    “While the Obama health care bill is now the law of the land, the
    public debate over health care reform is far from over. You can be sure
    that I will continue fighting to make sure the will of the people is
    represented.”

    Richard Burr, United States Senator

    • hepette

      Sept. 14, 2013
      12:30 p.m.

      lmao……..tell that to the people who cant get insurance cause they are predisposed….you repukes always bring up founding fathers but you cant compare apples to oranges………For example, a Bloomberg News national poll of 1,002 adults taken March 8 through March 11 asked the question this way: “Turning to the health care law passed last year, what is your opinion of the law?” The poll gave three choices, with the following results:
      37 percent agreed with the statement, “It should be repealed.”
      46 percent agreed, “It may need small modifications, but we should see how it works.”
      11 percent said, “It should be left alone.”
      6 percent were not sure.

  5. me

    July 25, 2013
    11:08 p.m.

    Primary Burr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “The American people have made it clear that they do not want this.
    new law which imposes unconstitutional mandates, cuts Medicare benefits,
    dramatically increases federal spending and taxes, expands the scope.
    and size of the federal government, and puts bureaucrats between.
    patients and their doctors. It is not surprising that several states are.
    taking action to block implementation of this law.

    “Americans are also outraged by how this law was rammed through.
    Congress. From the secret drafting of the bill language, to the.
    negotiation of sweetheart deals to buy votes, to the use of.
    reconciliation procedures to sidestep Senate rules, most of this process.
    has taken place behind closed doors, hidden from most members of.
    Congress, the press and the American people. I believe this is.
    undemocratic and flies in the fact of what our Founders intended.

    “While the Obama health care bill is now the law of the land, the.
    public debate over health care reform is far from over. You can be sure.
    that I will continue fighting to make sure the will of the people is.
    represented.”

    Richard Burr, United States Senator.

    • Beeker

      July 26, 2013
      3:52 p.m.

      Wrong it was out in the open, obviously you have been hiding in the cave when it was reported out of the committee…

  6. pcisbs

    July 26, 2013
    4:07 a.m.

    First and foremost the author is either ignorant or just another Leftist propagandist http://bit.ly/1bp7uEY The conventional wisdom about what happened in November of 1995 is very misleading.

    Republicans certainly did not suffer at the polls. They lost only nine House seats, a relatively trivial number after a net gain of 54 in 1994. They actually added to their majority in the Senate, picking up two seats in the 1996 cycle.

    More important, they succeeded in dramatically reducing the growth of federal spending. They did not get everything they wanted, to be sure, but government spending grew by just 2.9 percent during the first four years of GOP control, helping to turn a $164 billion deficit in 1995 into a $126 billion surplus in 1999. And they enacted a big tax cut in 1997.

    If that’s what happens when Republicans are defeated, I hope the GOP loses again this year.

    • Mike Sallese

      July 26, 2013
      8:55 a.m.

      First and foremost the author is ignorant or leftist? That is your #1 point? The topic is a republican wanting to pick a bigger battle. This is an article about what other people said or did and it is called reporting. However your link does offer someone else’s opinion who also happens to not be a leftist but still a propagandist.

    • Beeker

      July 26, 2013
      3:48 p.m.

      I’ll have to disagree with some aspect of your argument. I remember the shut down ( I was in DC at the time) very well.
      First you are correct that the Republicans did not suffer at the polls however they got blamed for it. Pat Buchanan on CNN’s Cross Fire did say that the “GOP got blame for it.” While they got the majority simply because they made promises that were never kept.
      Second Clinton get re-elected on the back of it as a result.
      Third, many of the policies enacted under the GOP majority resulted in the financial crisis that occurred in 2007.

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    July 27, 2013
    10:17 p.m.

    If I were Harry Reid, I would reply in a letter to these absolute idiots asking what Obamacare is? There is no law on the books called Obamacare.

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