Memo to Republican lawmakers: A government shutdown won’t kill Obamacare
HERE‘s the story:
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act would continue during a government shutdown, according to a Congressionial Reseach Service report commissioned by the office of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
According to the report, the government could rely on both mandatory and discretionary funding during a shutdown to continue with implementation, and agencies could continue working despite lacking appropriations, under exceptions to the Antideficiency Act.
The report notes that the Social Security Administration continued working during the 1995 shutdown. The Treasury indicated that the Internal Revenue Service, which plays a vital role in Obamacare, would continue to operate when a shutdown loomed in 2011.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), along with several other conservative Republicans, is refusing to support any deal to fund the government that does not strip all funding for the health-care law. Coburn’s goal in commissioning this report is to convince his fellow Republicans that threatening to stop the government over Obamacare is a bad idea