Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats offered strong words against Obamacare, as debate over the health care overhaul — already red hot — intensifies yet more.
The Indiana Republican, too, wants to strip the health care overhaul of funding in a pending spending resolution, in line with a measure approved by the U.S. House last Friday.
“I take a backseat to no one in my commitment to overturn this disastrous law, and I have voted more than two dozen times to repeal, de-fund and strip away its provisions,” Coats said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon. “This is a principle I share with all Republicans.”
His comments come as the Senate takes up the issue of a resolution to permit continued spending by the federal government after Sept. 30, when existing spending legislation expires. House Republicans would de-fund the Affordable Care Act as part of their plan, which passed 230-189 last Friday with GOP support and Democratic opposition.
Coats expressed support for the House plan and said he’ll oppose moves by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, to remove the de-funding language, a point of contention.
“It’s decision time for Senate Democrats, who must go on record and decide whether they will continue to support Obamacare now that we all know the devastating impacts the law is having on Americans,” Coats said in his statement. “This week’s vote will require Democrats to choose to stand with the American people or stand by the deeply flawed Obamacare.”
Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., www.etruth.com. Reach him at email@example.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.