First, I would like to point out that I fully support a shutdown of the government. The aspects of the State that I think are essential are not in jeopardy of being turned away; we only face the fat of the pig.
Second, this is the hammer I would wield if I were a republican lawmaker. I would simply slip the paper to Reid and Obama, look them straight in the eye and say, “Manage your career as you see fit.”
There is support across the political spectrum for delaying the individual mandate one year and using the government funding bill to implement the delay. Additionally, the survey found that by a 5-point margin, respondents support using every opportunity to defund or delay the ACA rather than simply passing a “clean” bill to fund the government.
Fully 56 percent of respondents support the individual mandate delay in the context of a continuing resolution debate, including 55 percent of independents, and 52 percent overall in “swing districts.” The survey also found that strong majorities across the spectrum oppose the Affordable Care Act, including 60 percent of independents, and a majority in “swing districts.”
If brought before the people in districts that will swing, defunding the bill will win.