Pence: ‘Power of the Purse’ Will Kill Obamacare

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 07:45 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Indiana Rep. Mike Pence Wednesday said that if Congress cannot repeal Obamacare outright it will make every effort to make sure the law cannot be funded.

pence, obamacare, purse, kill“Look, we’re going to make every effort in this legislation and in future legislation to use the power of the purse to make sure that their government takeover of healthcare is not implemented over the next year,” Pence told Fox News’ Stuart Varney.

“If we can repeal it outright, that is our first objective. If we have to use the power of the purse to prevent implementation until we can again take this either to the courts or to the American people in 2012, then that is what we’re going to do,” he said.

Varney asked whether – as President Barack Obama has claimed – full implementation of Obamacare is going to reduce the nation’s soaring deficit.

“Well, you know, when we voted [in] the first few weeks of the year about repealing Obamacare, actually, Democrats were saying that it was going to cost taxpayers money,” Pence said. “Only in Washington, D.C., could you repeal a $1 trillion program and be told that it was going to cost you money.

“Look, the reality here is, the American people know we can do better,” he continued. “They want this Congress to start over on healthcare reform that focuses on lowering the cost of health insurance, rather than growing the size of government, or passing the kind of government takeover that includes – what I think, as we debated today at the Judiciary Committee – is a profoundly unconstitutional individual mandate.

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