McCarthy: Obamacare 'Creating a Part-Time America'
(CNSNews.com) - The Affordable Care Act is "breaking the backbone of America" because it is eliminating full time jobs, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace."
"This bill is creating a part-time America."
McCarthy said if the Senate kills the continuing resolution that the House passed on Saturday -- which delays Obamacare for one year and repeals the tax on medical devices -- the House will try again:
"The House will get back together in enough time, send another provision -- not to shut the government down, but to fund it -- and it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at again."
He did not give details, except to say that any funding bill will include "fundamental changes" to the Affordable Care Act.
"Look, when you look at what has transpired since Obamacare has moved forward, we've created more than 840,000 jobs in this country, more than 90 percent of them have been part-time, because of Obamacare. That creates a part-time economy, part-time opportunities, and in the end, it creates a part-time America. That is why you find that we will fund the government and still ask for delaying the movement of Obamacare."
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the Senate will not pass any continuing resolution that defunds or delays or makes any changes to Obamacare.
Democrats and Republicans are blaming each other for the anticipated government shutdown that will begin on Tuesday, if a continuing resolution -- a stopgap measure in place of regular appropriations bills -- fails to pass by then.
"We are not shutting the government down," McCarthy said of Republicans. He said it several times, in fact.
Asked about the possibility of the House passing a "clean CR" (one without conditions attached) that would fund the government two or three days, to give Republicans more time, McCarthy ducked the question:
"Look, we will not shut the government down. If we have to negotiate a little longer, we will continue to negotiate. But the one thing you will --"
"So -- a very short-term CR is a possibility," Wallace said.
"The thing that I continue to -- look, we do not want to shut the government down," McCarthy replied. "We have -- that's why we have continued to pass funding bills, but you cannot have a part-time America and ignore the problem. You cannot have a president that passes legislation that says he won't deal with the subject. And you think people -- that he won't sign a bill? Do you realize he has signed seven bills that have changed provisions inside Obamacare..."
McCarthy told Wallace that "you have spent more time negotiating with me than the president's spent any time negotiating on this."