Fitzpatrick Won’t Say if He’ll Support Defunding Health Care Law?

At least that’s what the headline at says. Here’s the story:

Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.) have not committed to defunding the health care law, under a plan by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who supports putting specific language in every appropriations bill the House passes to prohibit the funding of the health care law.

I haven’t seen the proposal. I’ll certainly take a look at it. It’s intriguing but I think the focus really needs to be for the next week on Representative, I believe it’s Representative Cantor’s repeal resolution, which hopefully will pass,” Rep. Fitzpatrick told on Wednesday at the Capitol.

“I think it will pass and I suspect it will pass with a good, strong, bipartisan majority. If the Senate refuses to act or the President refuses to sign, we’ll take it to the next step.”

Rep. Fitzpatrick added, “I think everything should be on the table. I’ll take a look. I mean, Representative King is a good man; is a thoughtful person. I’ll take a look at his proposal and give it absolute due consideration, yeah, but it should be on the table.”

Did the reporter get it right? Did Fitzpatrick say that he wasn’t committed to defunding the health care law?

Honestly, I can’t tell for sure.

Note to Mike: Simple Yes or No answers are easily understood. Beating around the bush is also understood–but probably not in the way you hope.

Read the rest of the article here: GOP Reps. Fitzpatrick, Dold Won’t Say if They Support Defunding Health Care Law.



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2 Responses to “Fitzpatrick Won’t Say if He’ll Support Defunding Health Care Law?”

  1. thomasjeffersonclubblog Says:

    Well, “articulate” might be too strong a term…

    tjc blog staff

  2. Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. Says:

    Is it not appropriate to switch-gears from articulating an overall goal [anti-ObamaCare] to sequencing its execution?

    There is no bill yet introduced that defunds it and–unlike the up-or-down “Repeal” Bill–whatever is introduced will be both appended to other related legislation and amendable.

    Thus, he is articulating his focus on the immediacy [and prominence] of Wednesday’s upcoming vote, poised thereafter to update how opposition will be manifest.

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