House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Fox News Sunday that any government spending bill passed by the House will have "fundamental changes" to the Affordable Care Act.
Pressed by host Chris Wallace about how the House would respond if the Senate rejected the bill passed Saturday night by the House -- which would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its medical device tax -- McCarthy said the House had "a few other options" about how else to alter the law.
Senate Democratic leadership has pledged to reject the House bill, likely sending a clean spending bill back to the House on Monday with mere hours to go before the federal government shuts down.
"We will pass a bill that will keep the government open, that will reflect the House, that I believe the Senate can accept, that will have fundamental changes to Obamacare," McCarthy said. So the House won't pass a clean spending bill? "There will be additions," he said.
Republicans know full well that they don't want to fix the law by delaying it. They want to kill it and all of the posturing and double-talk in the world isn't going to change that.
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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday called the Republican Party's bluff and asked if lawmakers were prepared to "shoot the hostage" and shut down the federal government if President Barack Obama refused to defund his healthcare reform law.