GOP Congressman Forbes Doesn’t Say Whether He Backs Plan to Prohibit Obamacare Funding in Every Appropriations Bill

By Penny Starr | January 5, 2011 | 5:04 PM EST

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, holds a copy of the health care bill, trussed in sturdy rope, in front of the U.S. Capitol during a Republican news conference on Nov. 5, 2009. (AP File Photo/Alex Brandon)

( – When asked whether he supports a Republican proposal to add language to every appropriations bill to prohibit the funding of Obamacare, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) did not directly answer the question. asked Forbes the following question on Capitol Hill Wednesday: “Rep. Steve King advocates including language in every appropriations bill to prohibit money from that bill funding implementation of Obamacare. Do you support the defunding of Obamacare that way?”

Forbes said, “Well, I think there are a lot of ways to defund Obamacare. I think we’ll have a vote on that probably next week, and then we’ll start looking at them on a case-by-case basis.”

Congressional Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and President Barack Obama signed it into law in March 2010.

In a Jan. 3 interview with’s Editor-in-Chief Terry Jeffrey, King said that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in every appropriations bill that passes this year, and thus force a showdown on the issue with the Democratic-majority Senate and the president.

“Somebody’s going to blink,” King said in the interview. “It’ll be President Obama or it’ll be House Republicans.”

“If House Republicans refuse to blink, we will succeed,” he said. “Obamacare will never become the effective law of the land and we’ll be able to leave a legacy of liberty for the future generations.”

Under King’s plan, congressional Republicans would first force a straight up-or-down vote on repealing Obamacare in the House and Senate. They would then follow that by inserting language into all appropriations bills that says no money from the bill(s) can be used to implement the federal health care program.

King told “So, my proposal is this then: Each appropriations bill that comes through, we need to put language in it that prohibits any of the dollars that are appropriated in those funds – and I would add to that any funds heretofore appropriated – from being used to implement or enforce Obamacare.”