GOP lawmakers want to defund Affordable Care Act

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A group of House Republicans has told their leadership to defund any implementation of the Affordable Care Act in appropriations bills brought in the next Congressional session.

“Most Americans still believe that healthcare should be controlled by patients and doctors, not by the government,” the letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) reads. “Since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill."

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) spearheaded the letter, which was signed by 80 colleagues. A similar letter is circulating in the Senate, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)

Boehner, Cantor and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have not voiced support for the defunding idea. Congress returns on Sept. 9 and the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.