Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) is coming under fire from both sides for his effort to defund Obamacare for the coming year on the logic that, since the Obama administration has decided the law is not ready to implement, it should not receive funding from Congress. The administration’s decision to “selectively implement” the law by delaying the employer mandate while retaining the individual mandate is an “unfair” decision, said Lee on Fox News Sunday, that penalizes individuals while exempting “big business.”
Some Republican leaders contend that Lee’s action, which threatens to shut down the government in September, could be politically disastrous for Republicans.
“I understand that there are some in the Washington establishment . . . who aren’t happy with me over this. And, in this instance, I’m going to take that as a compliment, as an indication that I’m doing something right.”
“Maybe we can’t repeal [Obamacare] right now, but we can delay its funding. And if we can delay it, we can stop its consequences, at least for now.” The case for doing that has never been stronger, says Lee, because of the president’s enforcement decision. “That’s not fair, it’s not right, and we shouldn’t fund that effort.”