Health Care Reform Defunded?

Shortly after Congress passed the spending bill that will keep the federal government open for business through September, the House approved a budget plan for fiscal year 2012. One interesting note: the House budget plan basically would defund the health care reform law. Specifically, it authorizes the Budget Committee Chair to revise "appropriate levels in this resolution for the budgetary effects of any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report that repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the Health Care and Education Conciliation Act of 2010." Not unexpectedly, the Senate is unlikely to approve the House's budget and the White House has already offered a competing budget plan. What does this all mean? Another shutdown showdown is undoubtedly on the horizon. Stay tuned.

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