US President Barack Obama’s healthcare package for all is facing another mountain to climb, after the the US House of Representatives approved a one-year delay in funding major provisions of the law.
US House Representative Jack Kingston told the House of Representatives: “To me, to continue the debate on Obamacare is the proper thing to do. One-sixth of the economy, Mr. Speaker, think about that.”
But at a press conference, Obama set out his stall and dug his heels in, with the White House threatening to veto any delay in government funding. He said: “Some have threatened a government shutdown if they can’t shut down this law. Others have actually threatened an economic shutdown by refusing to pay America’s bills if they can’t delay the law. That’s not going to happen as long as I’m president.”
The landmark healthcare bill – dubbed “Obamacare” – has heightened tensions between Democrats and Republicans and on Tuesday brought the entire US government close to shutting down.