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Reporter: Will Obama 'Delay Obamacare for a Year If Republicans Would Agree to Delay Heart Attacks for a Year?'

2:34 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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     So that's why -- I mean, that crystallizes the fact that there are real people who depend on some basic things.  And everybody in Washington -- Democrats and Republicans and independents -- should sort of agree to the principle that we ought to at the very least ensure that those people are taken care of and that the essential functioning of government is allowed to proceed and that the basic premise that the United States always pays its bills on time is not jeopardized.  So that's the position the President has taken.

     Q    Last question -- do you remember the last debt ceiling deal there was a plan floated, it was called the McConnell plan, where Congress would authorize a debt ceiling increase for I think it was a year, a year and a half.  And it would hold a vote every so often, so that Republicans could vote no but it would require two-thirds majority to overrule, so it gave the President the authority.  Is something like the McConnell plan in the air now, being discussed now?  And if not, why not?

     MR. CARNEY:  Well, I would basically direct you to Congress for the various plans under discussion and the plans that have been adopted in the past for how they fulfill their responsibility invested in them through the Constitution to pay our bills.  So Congress has the authority, whether it's to devise a scheme or a plan along the lines that you talk about, or simply just to take the vote and raise the debt ceiling.  That's not an authority that the President has.  That's an authority Congress has.

     Q    Haven’t heard any conversations about that?

     MR. CARNEY:  I'd just refer you to the Senate. 

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