President Barack Obama has done more to derail his own signature healthcare law than any effort by Republican lawmakers, Texas Rep. Michael Burgess said Friday.
Burgess, a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview, "It's not the Republicans that are the problem here, it is the president of the United States. The American people are figuring that out."
"This train wreck is coming off the rails," he said. "Large pieces are being thrown overboard not by Republicans or the House of Representatives, but by the president."
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Americans are also beginning to "see through this charade that Senate Democrats and the White House are putting on," he said. "And the charade of the Affordable Care Act, again, the glue is coming off and it's coming undone."
Burgess said it makes no sense "when you're getting to the business of writing the checks from the government” to “throw good money out to bad."
"This thing has had over three-and-a-half years, billions of billions of dollars and it's no better today than it was the day the president signed the bill into law," he said.
Burgess said the burden of a government shutdown will be borne by Senate Majority Harry Reid and President Obama.
"This sort of dis-responsibility right now falls on Harry Reid's shoulders and of course squarely on the shoulders of the president," he said.
Burgess said he was confident House Speaker John Boehner "has the ability to get that job done" of getting a funding bill to keep the government open.
"The [House Republican] Conference understands that keeping the government open is important," he said. "The conference understands that stopping the Affordable Care Act is critically important. The debt ceiling debate is yet to happen. The work at hand is the appropriations lapse that is going to occur Monday night. So that's where our focus is."
Though the best outcome Oct. 1 would be for a defunding of Obamacare, Burgess said, "the next best would be to accomplish a one-year delay."
"People are beginning to be able to see through this charade that Senate Democrats and the White House are putting on," he said.
"And the charade of the Affordable Care Act is, again, the glue is coming off and it's coming undone."
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