HOT BLAST: Defunding Obamacare plan falling apart
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U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers speaks to a crowd during a meeting at the Oxford Civic Center Friday. Photo by Stephen Gross.
U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers speaks to a crowd during a meeting at the Oxford Civic Center Friday. Photo by Stephen Gross.
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The plan by some congressional Republicans to defund Obamacare is not looking good. The National Journal explains

From the leaders of the GOP establishment to usual tea-party allies, a growing number of Republicans are splitting with movement conservatives who are pushing to shut down the federal government if funding is not cut off for President Obama's health care law at the end of September.

The growing concern is that the tea-party activists and a handful of senators, led by the troika of Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are marching into battle without a plan for victory short of Obama reversing himself on his signature domestic achievement—an almost unimaginable outcome.

The issue came up last week during a town-hall meeting with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.

Rogers stressed that he feels no love for the president's health care reform.

"I have voted to defund Obamacare 40 times in the past two years," he said.

Still, he said he wouldn't approve a shutdown without a provision protecting soldiers' pay. The military has been funded in past shutdowns – it's regarded as an essential service – but Rogers said paychecks for soldiers in the field would likely stop if a shutdown happened. 
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