Congressman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is calling on the Obama administration to delay all of the Affordable Care Act for a full year, so Republicans can then work to defund it.
"What we want to do is have the White House work with us on, first, the delay and then that would allow us to look at defunding," Blackburn told John Fund, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"That allows us to stop all of the taxes, the mandates, put a halt to these subsidies, put a halt to the hiring that would be done to stand this program.
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"Then take the next year . . . and defund this. We can continue to repeal provisions, we can continue to replace pieces of Obamacare with free market-oriented, patient-centered provisions, and that's the wiser step."
Blackburn, who represents the Volunteer State’s 7th congressional district, also said there are major security and privacy issues already beginning, with criminals posing as people working for the program.
"I.D. theft and scam artists … are having a heyday right now calling people, getting all of their personal identifying information, cleaning out their bank accounts, running up their credit cards," she said.
"People think that they're talking to somebody who's going to help them with their healthcare during this transition."
Blackburn called the ongoing efforts to topple Obamacare "a good fight … a worthy fight."
"The American people do not like this program, they don't want this program, and we join them in that opposition," she said.
"And I have to tell you, the opposition to Obamacare is bipartisan opposition."
Blackburn serves as the vice chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
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