Republicans are insistent on delaying or defunding Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and Boehner said that reports of problems with the healthcare websites underscore the need to negotiate.
“With Obamacare proving to be a train wreck, the president’s insistence on steamrolling ahead with this flawed program is irresponsible,” Boehner said. “It’s time for the president and Senate Democrats to come to the negotiating table and drop their my-way-or-the-highway approach that gave us this shutdown.”
There’s been some talk of fashioning a government funding bill that includes repeal of the law’s 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. The House included repeal of the tax in one of the measures it passed, and the Senate earlier this year endorsed repeal by an overwhelming vote.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reiterated his stand Thursday: If you want repeal, open up the government first.
“We said we’ll negotiate on anything they want to talk about. That includes, as we indicated, anything — healthcare device tax. But the government has to be open,” Reid said.
With a patchwork of agencies shuttered and others functioning normally, the funding impasse has left leaders at the state and local level to decipher advisories and contingency plans for what the impasse would mean for their organizations.
Judy Cruz, CEO of Florida’s Treasure Coast Food Bank, said Friday she still wasn’t sure the status of the USDA shipments given that the website used for ordering supplies had gone dark after the shutdown.
This report contains information from The Associated Press.