What people are saying about ObamaCare and funding the government.
David Dayen, New Republic: "If you enjoy silence, a good place to camp out for the next couple weeks is the room in the Capitol designated for congressional negotiations on the budget. No talks are scheduled, as House Republicans attempt a kamikaze mission designed to 'defund' ObamaCare as a 'line in the sand' condition for keeping the government running. ... You could describe John Boehner's set of choices on the budget as 'lose-lose.' You can just as easily describe the inevitable outcome for the country that way. Sequestration is sapping the potential of the economy, limiting the ways in which all sorts of worthwhile projects get executed, and costing the country massive numbers of jobs at a time when we can least afford it."
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times: "Yes, a majority doesn't like ObamaCare. They're unsure about what it will do and worried that it might make their health care worse. But do they really want to defund the law, and risk the chaos of a government shutdown to do it? Probably not, most polls suggest. ... When Boehner described what the American people want from Congress, he left one thing out: They also want their government to solve problems, even if that sometimes requires an uncomfortable dose of compromise. They aren't seeing much of that from the House of Representatives this year."
Lane Florsheim, Bustle: "Not only could obstructionism hand Congress to Democrats next year, but, in an ironic twist, it turns out a government shutdown might actually be good for ObamaCare. Not only would a lot of the law's funding be unaffected, but many of the inevitable glitches and mistakes that come with introducing a complicated new law would be blamed on the GOP's failure to achieve a compromise that would prevent shutdown. Let's just hope it doesn't come to that."
Karl Rove, The Wall Street Journal: "The desire to strike at ObamaCare is praiseworthy. But any strategy to repeal, delay or replace the law must have a credible chance of succeeding or affecting broad public opinion positively. The defunding strategy doesn't. Going down that road would strengthen the president while alienating independents. It is an ill-conceived tactic, and Republicans should reject it."
Mark Steyn, National Review: "When you're the guys who print the global currency, you can run up debts undreamt of by your average generalissimo. As President Obama explained in another of his recent speeches, 'Raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.' I won't even pretend to know what he and his speechwriters meant by that one, but the fact that raising the debt ceiling 'has been done over a hundred times' does suggest that spending more than it takes in is now a permanent feature of American government. And no one has plans to do anything about it. Which is certainly banana republic-esque."
Newt Gingrich, CNN: "I am offended and a little frightened by Obama's deliberate dishonesty about the debt ceiling. ... Issues such as ObamaCare don't have 'nothing to do with the budget' and the idea that it is unusual for Congress to bring them into the debt ceiling debate is absurd. ... This is not a dictatorship. The president cannot dictate. The structure of our Constitution requires negotiations between the president and the Congress to get anything done."