“This announced plan, the details of which aren’t completely known, appears to have little to no reforms in it,” wrote Andy Roth, the club’s vice president of government affairs. “There are no significant changes to Obamacare, nothing on the other major entitlements that are racked with trillions in unfunded liabilities, and no meaningful spending cuts either. If this bill passes, Congress will kick the can down the road, yet again.”
Tea party groups also were angered by the deal.
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of a group called Tea Party Patriots, called the Reid/McConnell deal “a complete sellout.”
“The House ‘leadership’ must stop playing ‘flinch’ with themselves and instead play hardball with the White House, the Senate, and the House,” Martin said in a statement. “Otherwise, hard-working Americans are going to bear the burden of this unaffordable law. The American people WILL hold those responsible for this mess accountable.”
Senate Republicans, however, appeared ready to move on from the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis.
“We’ve been asking from the beginning what’s the ending, how does this end, how do you achieve what you’re purporting to achieve on defunding Obamacare, and I never got an answer to that,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. “If we learned nothing else from this whole exercise, I hope we learned that we shouldn’t get behind a strategy that cannot succeed. And by the way, let’s not forget that the government has been shut down but the Obamacare exchanges are still open.”
But for some lawmakers who were elected specifically to kill the health care law, the battle continues.
“They’re not going to go away and say, “Hey, we’re giving up,’” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.