Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland is among a group of House republicans involved in the latest attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Tom Graves and co-sponsored by 72 republicans , would defund Obamacare in a continuing budget resolution. The resolution would keep government funded through December 15th. Because the $988 billion spending bill would gut Obamacare it would likely not pass the Senate. And that could set the stage for a government shutdown.
In an interview with the program The Takeway Wednesday Westmoreland said that is not the intent of the continuing resolution. He said “We don’t want to shutdown the government. And if you look at the argument of this, what’s wrong with having a one year CR? That gives the American people, the businesses, our federal agencies the stability to know that they’ve got at least one year under this continuing resolution?” Westmoreland said the resolution does fund the government for one year at the post sequester rate. And he says it would fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Department of Defense at levels in the appropriations bills that have already passed the House.
Some democrats say that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and the function of government is to implement this law. They say if republicans want to amend it they can do that through legislation. But they say this is not the way to do social policy.
Westmoreland said the Affordable Care Act is a mistake that needs to be corrected.“It’s so comprehensive that nobody understands it, and you have to have 20, 30,000 pages of rules and regulations. You have to have 111 new boards, commissions, agencies to administer this law." Westmoreland said " When you look at something like that, and if it’s bad, then you need to change it or you need to fix it.”
Westmoreland represents Georgia's 3rd Congressional district and is a member of the House Financial Services Committee as well as the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.