Republicans attempting to defund 'Obamacare'

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September 20, 2013, 5:49 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - Republicans have already made a move to cut millions off food stamps. Now lawmakers are facing deadlines on health care, the federal budget, and the debt limit.

It could mean you lose food stamps. Republicans pushed a $40-billion cut through the House. It could also mean you don't get a tax penalty if you don't buy health insurance.

Friday will have a vote on health care that would keep the government running till 10 days before Christmas.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "It is beyond cataclysmic."

Supporters worry many of the four million who could lose food stamps are jobless.

Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities said, "This bill is cruel, even heartless."

Friday’s battle is against “Obamacare” and about stripping the money out of the president's health program.

Senator Ted Cruz said, "I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund "Obamacare."

Senator Harry Reid said, "Any bill that defunds “Obamacare” is dead. Dead!"

Republicans are linking healthcare to passing a budget. If there's no budget in 11 days, the government could shut down.

Coming next is raising the debt limit to pay America’s bills. Republicans say they don’t want to do it again.

House Speaker John Boehner said, "Republicans have no interest in defaulting on our debt - none. We just want to find a way to pay it off."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "The answer is no, we will not negotiate."

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