Rep. Guinta: 'I'd Like to See What Happens' With Repeal before Supporting Ban on Funding Obamacare

January 7, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Freshman Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) said he opposes Obamacare, but he would not say whether he would definitely support a proposal by Rep. Steve King to defund the law.

CNSNews.com asked Guinta – and is asking all members of Congress – this question: “Rep. Steve King advocates including language in every appropriations bill to prohibit money from that bill funding implementation of Obamacare. Do you support defunding Obamacare that way?”

“I’d like to see what happens after the repeal passes the House and the Senate takes it up,” Guinta, the former mayor of Manchester, told CNSNews.com shortly before being sworn in Wednesday as a member of the U.S House of Representatives. “[W]hat happens in the Senate will dictate what we need to do with the House to try and address the issue,” he added.

“I look at it in this sense: It’s not a constitutional bill. I don’t believe it’s the right of the government to dictate to people what they have to purchase. So from that perspective, we need to recognize that it’s not in the best interest of our country. Added to that, people don’t support it in its current form. Most people want to see some sort of reform in health care to make it more affordable, I think we all recognize that.”

He added: “I don’t want to see this as a battle between parties. This should be a reflection of what the country is looking for, and the country clearly is stating that they do not want this piece of legislation. So how it plays out over the next couple of months is to be determined, but I think the message is very clear -- people do not want this health care bill. They want it repealed and they want something replacing it. How we procedurally address that is to be determined.”

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 CNSNews.com’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.

King told CNSNews.com: “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.”