Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "is the number one obstruction" in the fight over the nation’s new healthcare law, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins said Thursday.
On the eve of a House vote to defund the Affordable Care Act, Collins told "The Steve Malzberg Show" that House Republicans don’t want to shut down the government in the battle over Obamacare.
The Friday vote in the House, he insisted, "is happening because we listened to" American voters.
"We're simply saying we're for shrinking government . . . and protecting America from an awful bill, and that's Obamacare," he said. "Enough of us together kept making that pitch and the American people kept making that pitch and now it's time for the Senate and Harry Reid to get out of the way."
Collins said the onus now rests on Reid.
"If he's willing to tell the American people that we know better ... to force this upon them when [Obamacare is] not ready instead of funding the government, well, then congratulations, Harry Reid — you shut the government down, not the House Republicans and not the Senate Republicans," Collins said.
"We’re going to give [the Senate] a chance to either stand behind a very bad law give them a chance to say, ‘No, we want to push this very bad law on the American people, and also, by the way, we’re going to try and shut down the government," he said.
" . . . It is not us shutting it down. It’s the Democrats, and Harry Reid right now is a number one obstruction."
With President Obama’s resistance to negotiate on his signature healthcare law, it sets up "the perfect dichotomy," Collins said.
"You have the president working with [Russian Vladimir] Putin but will not work [with] the Congress?" Collins asked. "I believe it's just an executive who believes that he has the best ideas for America, he has put forth those ideas, and he believes that no one should stand in the way."
But Collins said it’s up to Congress to protect Americans from "a bad law."
"It’s a train wreck. It’s not ready. We can do better. These are Democrat terms," he said. "They convinced me it was a bad law. But I'd known it a long time before them."
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