This time Gardner says he’s ready to allow government shutdown to repeal Obamacare

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Last month, Rep. Cory Gardner said he'd block an extension of the federal debt ceiling to "reduce the size and scope of government."

Today, Gardner stated on the radio that he'd allow the government to shut down, by holding up annual budget negotiations, in order to repeal Obamacare, explaining that "if the government gets shut down, it's going to be the President's decision to do so."

KOA's Mike Rosen let Gardner's salvo go by as if Gardner were talking about the weather.

Rosen: "Perhaps we can talk about some other items on the agenda, such as the current dispute, even with the Republican Party, about whether Republicans, who have a majority in the House, ought to take a stand now, as the continuing resolution question comes up, take a stand on Obamacare, and refuse to fund it, while at the same time, agreeing with a continuing resolution that would allow the rest of the federal government to operate. Have you got a position on that?

Gardner: I want to do anything and everything I can to stop Obamacare from destroying our health care, from driving up increases in costs. Whether that's through the continuing resolution, I want to defund everything that we can….

Rosen: There's a political concern that if the Republicans stand their ground on this [repealing Obamacare], they are going to be blamed for shutting down the government.

Gardner: Well, I think if the government gets shut down, it's going to be the President's decision to do so. I believe that we don't need to shut down the government because we ought to just lift this health-care bill out of the way and let America work.

Listen to Gardner saying he'll shut down government to repeal Obamacare 8.1.13

Rosen should invite Gardner back for a full discussion about the economic and political ramifications of a move by the House Republicans to block funding Obamacare and shut down the government in the process.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    The best way to cure a headache is always to cut off your own head, don'tchaknow.

  2. skeptical citizen says:

    Rep. Cory Gardner will join Sen. Ted Cruz' political terrorist's club.

    Absolutely disgusting behavior, and failure to govern.

  3. Davie says:

    The heck with democracy!  Let's just declare a TeaPublican Theocracy and be done with it.

    Then we can close all universities that teach science, and send liberals to re-education camps.

    There, I said it for ArapaGOP!

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Rep. Gardner is listed as an ALEC alumnus on Sourcewatch. He is modeling his Obamacare attacks on a model adopted by conservatives across the country.

    Currently, ALEC, led by Rep. Eric Cantor, and with Gardner's participation, is targeting environmental regulation and regulation of the health industry. Gardner has received $70,000 in campaign funds from individuals in the health and pharmaceutical industries. His main contributors are in the oil and gas industries.

    Clearly, Gardner feels more accountable to his campaign financiers than to his constituents. If you are one of his constituents, you should let him know that your vote matters.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Gardner feels more accountable to his campaign financiers than to his constituents.

      That's sort of a theme with Cory. He has been consistent for a long time on that one.

      • MichaelBowman says:


        There are over 109,000 children living in poverty in his district; young souls square in the bullseye of the Republicans who want SNAP to go away.  So while the Congressman attaches amendments to the Farm Bill to let Tri-State move ahead with their Kansas boondoggle – the Sunflower coal plant – and while he wraps himself in the flag of fiscal constraint while bloating the farm bill with giveaways to the cotton, rice and sugar industry – eastern Colorado children are forgotten.

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