House Transportation Committee Chair Won’t Commit to Defunding Obamacare

By Dan Joseph | January 7, 2011 | 1:16 PM EST

FILE - In this May 20, 2010, file photo Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo)

Washington ( - House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) says that he favors full repeal of Obamacare, but would not commit to defunding the bill in its entirety if repeal efforts fail. asked Mica this question: “Rep. Steve King of Iowa advocates including language in every appropriations bill to prohibit money from that bill from funding implementation of the health-care law. i was wondering, do you support defunding of health-care in that way?”

“Well, I’d have to look at each proposal,” said Mica. 

“There’s some things that I would have to look at what they were defunding. Again, I would -- I guess he’d have to do it section by section and I would look at the merits of each of the proposals.”

Mica told that he would vote for full repeal but would not say whether or not he would vote to fund certain parts of the legislation if the repeal effort was unsuccessful.

“I am going to vote for repeal,” said Mica. 

“But I also would like to look at what positive alternatives Republicans can bring forward in the most cost-effective manner, so I’ll just have to judge each of his proposals.” 

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 to 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.