Sen. Ted Cruz wants to defund Obamacare in a way that has drawn sneers even from Republicans on Capitol Hill. But they are not the group Senator Cruz wants to impress.
Ted Cruz is in a bind: After goading House Republicans to risk a government shutdown over Obamacare, he now says Senate Republicans must first vote down the defunding measure they support and send it back to the House.
The Affordable Care Act was duly enacted by a majority of both houses of Congress, signed into law by the President, and even upheld by the Supreme Court. Re-publicans repealing it by de-funding it undermines that democratic process.
Earlier this week, Utah Senator Mike Lee unveiled the Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act. Elaine Maag examines the plan which proposes tax cuts to families with children.
The conservative Generation Opportunity is trying to scare young adults away from Obamacare. Its Creepy Uncle Sam videos will either scare the heck out of you or leave you rolling on the floor.
Government shutdown would grind many federal programs to a halt, but Obamacare isn't one of them. A freeze on spending wouldn't end the program's tax credits for lower-income Americans or mandates.
The federal budget deficit will shrink for the next several years, giving US 'some breathing room,' says CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf. A chief obstacle to deficit reduction? The public actually likes the benefits it gets, he says.