Hannity to GOP: If You Don’t Defund Obamacare, ‘You’ve Lost Me’

By Susan Jones | August 21, 2013 | 6:20am EDT

Talk show host Sean Hannity says Republicans must support the defunding of Obamacare. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they'll lose Sean Hannity's support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night.

Gowdy, who supports defunding Obamacare, has predicted a "robust debate" over funding the health care law that President Obama is selectively enforcing.

On Tuesday, Gowdy told Hannity, "We just have to have one of those 'come to Jesus moments' as a party where we say, 'You know, what do we stand for? What is enough to fight over?'"

"This is it for me," Hannity interrupted. "I'm going to tell you, congressman, you guys don't do this, you've lost me. I'm done. Because there's no difference between you, then, and the Democrats at that point. None."

"Juries like contrast. Voters like contrast," Gowdy replied. "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide contrast."

In the absence of regular budget bills, Congress must pass another continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at current levels as the new fiscal year begins on October 1.

Conservative Republicans insist that the CR must not include money for Obamacare, but Democrats will never agree to that, and a stalemate on funding the government would cause much of it to shut down.

Democrats, including President Obama, would be happy to blame Republicans for a government shutdown because it would give them fodder for their attempt to regain control of Congress in the 2014 midterm election. And that worries Republican leaders.

(AS CNSNews.com previously reported, House Speaker John Boehner has been noncommittal on passing a CR that defunds Obamacare, saying in July, "No decision has been made about how we're going to deal with the CR next month.")

However, Boehner and other Republicans see the repercussions of Obamacare -- including the loss of full-time jobs -- as a winning midterm campaign issue for themselves.

In the House, Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) has sponsored a bill, H.R. 1005, the Defund Obamacare Act. Gowdy is one of the bill's 138 co-sponsors.

And in the Senate, Republicans Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) have sponsored similar legislation.

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