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Conservatives to McConnell, Boehner: Delay Obamacare, Don't Defund

7:29 AM, Aug 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Nineteen conservative activists have signed a letter to Republican leaders in Congress urging the body to fight to delay all of the provisions of Obamacare set to go into effect in 2014. (Update: the number of signatories has increased to 33.)

"[W]e the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House," write the members of the Repeal Coalition, which includes Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Phil Kerpen of American Commitment, Heather Higgins of Independent Women's Voice, and several others. The letter is addressed to both House speaker John Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The Washington Free Beacon has more:

“We wanted to lay out what we thought were the minimums that the American people were hoping for,” said Heather Higgins, president of Independent Women’s Voice and founder of the Repeal Coalition.

“Full defunding … is not necessarily what should be the final demand,” Higgins said.

Boehner’s office was noncommittal on his strategy for the upcoming continuing resolution negotiations.

“The speaker wants to repeal and replace Obamacare—but no decisions have been made regarding the CR at this point,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, in an email.

A Republican Senate leadership aide noted that McConnell tried to bring up for a vote the House’s measure to delay the individual mandate for a year, but the aide did not indicate that McConnell’s office has a specific strategy for the upcoming negotiations.

McConnell did not join 12 of his Senate Republican colleagues in signing a letter opposing any funding measure that continues to support Obamacare.

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