WASHINGTON D.C.-- For U.S. House Republicans, it’s time to put the partial shutdown of the federal government into the past and focus on what they say is important: firing away at the Affordable Care Act.
“I think ObamaCare’s a train wreck,” says U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), “and now without the government shutdown taking up the entire news cycle, you're going to see what my constituents are contacting me about when it comes to ObamaCare. They're talking about exorbitant exponential increases in the insurance premiums.”
Davis, facing a primary challenge in 2014, brushes aside the notion that capitulating to the compromise will carry a political cost. “The bill that passed actually changed ObamaCare,” he says. “It’s enforcing income verification for those who want to get a subsidy. The president was not going to enforce the income verification. This could potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars.”
Davis says the focus now should be on what the budget team is doing, ahead of the next round of deadlines.