If Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Mark Kirk and his Republican colleagues are serious about repealing health care reform, they might have to shut down the government entirely to do it. The American Spectator's Philip Klein outlines one potential approach gaining steam among GOPers, which would center around stripping funding for key provisions during the appropriations process, in his latest piece for the magazine.
control of at least one chamber, Republicans wouldn't be able to pull
this strategy off. They also run the political risk, by cutting out any
funding for a bill that does promise near-universal health insurance
coverage, of appearing callous. Still, this scenario is far more
realistic than Kirk's "repeal-and-replace" gambit. And if Republicans
cloak the defunding amendments in abortion language, they could have an ally in U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. It's something to keep an eye on as the Fall rolls around.