Republicans may want to stop the launch of Obamacare, but there’s no way they can according to Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner.
"It's not possible [to defund Obamacare] given the Republicans don't control the Senate and don't control the White House," York told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Obamacare is already the law. It's very difficult to change it."
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York said the House of Representatives do have the power to pass a bill that would fund the rest of the government but would defund Obamacare.
"There's no doubt the House majority Republicans could do that. But in the Senate, clearly, they couldn't pass a bill doing that and I don't think they can stop a bill that does fund Obamacare," he said.
"First of all, there's 46 Republicans in the Senate and you need 41 to sustain a filibuster and several Republicans have said they're not going to be any part of that effort to defund Obamacare.
"So there are not even enough Republicans on board to stop a filibuster in the Senate."
Republicans also fear getting blamed for shutting down the government if a defunding fight leads to the disruption of government spending this fall, York believes.
"A lot of Republicans believe that, in the press, they would get the blame. So they think it would be an uphill task to try to make the case that, no, we didn't shut down the government, it was the president who's determined to fund Obamacare who shut down the government," he said.
"A lot of Republicans see that as a fight they will not win."
The GOP has much more leeway on the fate of the immigration reform bill, according to York.
"Immigration reform … is not law. It's just a bill that's been passed by the Senate and it's something that Republicans control the future of," he said.
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