Rep. McCotter: Defunding Obamacare is ‘Way to Ensure the Will of the American People’

By Dan Joseph | January 7, 2011 | 5:30 AM EST

Washington ( - A Michigan Republican congressman said he’s in favor of Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) idea of defunding Obamacare by adding language to every appropriations bill barring funds from going to pay for its provisions.

On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, asked Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), “Rep. Steve King has advocated putting a provision into each appropriations bill that would prohibit the funding of Obamacare in that bill. Do you support that as a way of defunding Obamacare?”

McCotter said, “Yeah, I think the power of the purse is one of the ways to stop taxpayer money from being used to implement a law that doesn’t have the consent of the American people."

“How we specifically go about that is something that I sure is going to be heavily discussed at our retreat and throughout the process," McCotter said.  "But I think that’s a very fair way to go about it. Do you want your money being used for something you didn’t consent to?”


Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-Mich.)

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.