With recent polls showing a majority of Americans supporting the outright repeal of ObamaCare, “defunding” would be a political winner for the GOP as well as a way of proving their commitment to the Constitution.
Indeed, the GOP could use “defunding” for issues beyond health care. For example, the House could vote to “defund” the EPA’s plan to perform an end-run around Congress and impose new burdensome regulations on carbon emissions. The Constitution gives Congress the “power of the purse” over the executive branch. Hence, whenever the executive branch threatens to runs amok, Congress has both the legal and moral authority to rein it in.
In the 2010 midterm elections, the American people restored the Republicans to power in House of Representatives in large part because of their promise to block ObamaCare, respect the Constitution, and defend the principles of limited government. The voters have done their part. It’s time for the GOP to live up to its end of the bargain.