Rep. Huelskamp: 'Defund the Implementation of Obamacare'

By Susan Jones | March 5, 2013 | 10:57am EST

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) says Congress should work to repeal Obamacare -- and in the meantime, it should use its power of the purse to defund the law when it considers another stop-gap measure (continuing resolution) at the end of March.

"[T]he biggest threat to the future of our country fiscally and otherwise is Obamacare -- $1.4 trillion in new spending coming up because of this program," Huelskamp told Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday evening.

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Defunding Obamacare would save the government "a few billion dollars," Huelskamp said, but beyond that, "it will help millions of Americans keep their current employer-sponsored health insurance, it will stop HHS (Health and Human Services Department) from continuing to implement a very unpopular law that's driving up premiums."

Asked if Republican leaders in the House are supporting such a move, Huelskamp said, "Right now, it doesn't look like they'll let us vote on defunding Obamacare, and I'm disappointed in that. Hopefully there will be some minds changed in the next 24 to 48 hours."

Huelskamp also noted that even with the sequester in place, "spending is going to be up this year over last year."

"Clearly, spending is the problem and if we change that debate we are making progress," he said.

In a Feb. 26 letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Huelskamp and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Ok.) wrote that Obamacare remains unpopular with Americans.

"Since much of the implementation of Obamacare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that Obamacare should never go into effect, we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation of Obamacare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill."

The Club for Growth posted a copy of that letter here.

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