CPAC interview with Rep. Steve King: ObamaCare funding mechanisms still in budget bill

posted at 7:00 pm on February 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I got a few minutes to talk with Iowa’s Rep. Steve King, who appeared at Thursday’s press conference with Andrew Breitbart and Lee Stranahan on the corruption in the Pigford and Pigford II settlements. King is convinced that the scandal reaches all the way to the White House, which he explains in the first part of the video. I ask him whether it also shows the need for reform of class-action lawsuits, which King says should definitely be reviewed as a separate issue with Pigford’s abuses as evidence.

He also expresses delight with the new freshmen in the House GOP caucus that forced leadership to back steeper cuts in the budget. The text of the continuing resolution came down to legislators last night, and King reveals here that it maintains all of the ObamaCare funding mechanisms, despite the pledges to defund ObamaCare from the start.  King will offer an amendment next week to explicitly strip all of the funding mechanisms from the CR; we may have to hit the phones to stiffen backbones on Capitol Hill when he does.

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Sounds like Boehner still doesn’t understand…

Gohawgs on February 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Individuals are courageous. Committees, not so much. Congress is a big committee. We’re going to have to watch these guys like hawks. They’ll weasel on us every chance they get if we don’t.

trigon on February 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

18,000 farmers 95,000 claims and they are still coming in?
Are the justice brothers getting a share from all those claimants?

fourdeucer on February 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM

The text of the continuing resolution came down to legislators last night, and King reveals here that it maintains all of the ObamaCare funding mechanisms, despite the pledges to defund ObamaCare from the start.

WTF?

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2011 at 7:29 PM

What a pleasure to listen to Rep. Steve King’s thoughtful explanations on behalf of the American taxpayer, both with the Pigford fraud issue and the defunding of O-care via the CR. He is to be congratulated for his hard work, his grasp of the issues, and his committment to responsible legislation. King doesn’t rely on vacuous talking points and emotional rhetoric to lay out the issues. Well done!

Ed, you do great interviews because you allow your interviewee to expand on the issue without interrupting. You also follow up with pertinent questions.

onlineanalyst on February 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Oh, and can we assume that the House GOP is also doubling the Planned Parenthood funding?

What is it that they don’t get?

BuckeyeSam on February 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

King reveals here that it maintains all of the ObamaCare funding mechanisms, despite the pledges to defund ObamaCare from the start.

I have defended the GOP and given them the benefit of the doubt throughout this entire ordeal thus far. I could have forgiven the failure to cut $100 billion from the deficit. But failing to defund ObamaCare is completely unacceptable. If they’re just waiting on King’s amendment or somesuch, then that’s fine. But they’d better defund ObamaCare, or else.

Caiwyn on February 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

But failing to defund ObamaCare is completely unacceptable. If they’re just waiting on King’s amendment or somesuch, then that’s fine. But they’d better defund ObamaCare, or else.

Caiwyn on February 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Agreed. It serves no purpose whatsoever to contain “all” the ObamaCare funding mechanisms in the original bill. You start the bill with the funding mechanisms out and then use that as a catalyst to force either significant changes or outright repeal to ObamaCare.

Outlander on February 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

LOL … GOP leadership cries that it’s too late to find $100b to cut from this year’s budget and they still have O-Care funded?

Laughable. I told y’all this was a clueless bunch.

HondaV65 on February 12, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Ed, you do great interviews because you allow your interviewee to expand on the issue without interrupting. You also follow up with pertinent questions.

onlineanalyst on February 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Yes he does, I don’t always agree with him, but he does a great interview.

whbates on February 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Steve King, thats’ my man and he’s a good one. If he were speaker rather than the emotional cripple and constantly crying Boehner we might have a smidgen of faith restored in the Repugnantcan party.

Thankfully he isn’t yet so we get to see with eyes wide open that the DC insiders, the game palying Repugnantcans need to have their asses handed to them again and again until no whiff of the offensive bastrids remain!

Tea Party Patriots man up and remove the blight from both parties and Houses.

Sarah Palin 2012

dhunter on February 12, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Has anyone heard of this candidate?

Hmmm…

Well he would certainly make the primary more interesting if nothing else.

andy85719 on February 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM

This is just the interim budget bill for 3/1 to 9/30, I presume, but it still should have had Obamacare deleted. Once they fund it, even, for a few months, they’ve lost.

Wethal on February 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

failing to defund ObamaCare is completely unacceptable

Spread the word.

G. Charles on February 12, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I am assuming the bit about BoBoCare funding still being in the budget is a horrid joke for if it is not removed as promised, the republican majority in the House will be a flash in the pan.

When are these damned politicians going to get it?

JIMV on February 12, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Being sold down the river by both Partys else the Repugnantcans in addition to being ball-less are clue-less and neither infers that they can be entrusted with power.

Vote ALL the bums out and send real citizens NOT lawyers to DC. The lawyers have protected the lawyers and are fleecing We The People!

dhunter on February 12, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Pathetic. But I knew this was going to happen. They’re not going to defund a god*amn thing. They can’t. Once someting is funded, it’s like some kind of Talmudic law — it can NEVER be defunded. It’s part of their sick culture. They can’t even defund Planned Parenthood. It was all a lie. They lied to our faces.

rrpjr on February 13, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Great interview Ed.
Rep. King is one of the few politicians that I trust.

Done That on February 13, 2011 at 6:27 AM

This man needs reinforcements.

If the D’s can defund an entire war through a CR then Obamacare can also go that route. Rep. King needs support and backing on this… kill this set of tentacles via the CR.

And the Pigford funding must be impounded for what has been appropriated and not one penny more to it until it has been thoroughly reviewed and all claims gone over, including those paid out.

Sunshine is a wonderful disinfectant.

Defund junk and you cut off the food supply for the slime to grow.

Both do wonders and both are necessary to stop the fraud and abuse of our federal government and our hard earned tax dollars.

ajacksonian on February 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

I do not even understand why there is a ‘continuing resolution’. There never was a budget in the first place. They need to put out a budget for the next 6 months.

Are they just confused by the process?

Freddy on February 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Ed, you do great interviews because you allow your interviewee to expand on the issue without interrupting. You also follow up with pertinent questions.

onlineanalyst on February 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Second that…

Keemo on February 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM

This interview must be spread by everyone of us…
FB, here this interview comes…

Keemo on February 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Boehner is an old fashioned establishment critter.
Very disappointing. So much work to do, as last November was just the start of a long journey.

Keemo on February 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM

They better defund the beast Ocare and keep all the other promises made before Nov 2nd or there might be protests in the streets that make Egypt look like a wienie roast.

Kissmygrits on February 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The Repubs are on a VERY short leash… Action to defund Omabacare needs to start happening EARLY this year, or or “Think Whig”… (hint to the trolls: the Whig party is no longer around… It got replaced)…

Khun Joe on February 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I ask him whether it also shows the need for reform of class-action lawsuits, which King says should definitely be reviewed as a separate issue with Pigford’s abuses as evidence.

Ed is like a broken record when it comes to lawyers and lawsuits. Ed injected class actions into the interview and King said he was too busy exposing Pigford fraud to correlate the two.

Class actions are an important legal procedure to right wrongs and guard against corporate malfeasance. Once republicans get there wish and deregulate everything, you need a strong justice system to punish corporate bad actors after they act bad. It is consistent with core conservative principals that we allow free enterprise and allow businesses to conduct their business how the business best sees fit. However, once a business breaks the law or acts dishonest, sometimes a class action is the only mechanism to hold the business liable. If a company steals 100 million nickels from 100 million customers, would you prefer the company keep the stolen $5 million, or shall we have 100 million lawsuits each over five cents each? Or shall we have a class action? Our civil court system is the traditional mechanism to resolve our business disputes. Litigation and the jury system is a traditional and conservative solution to civil disputes. The alternative is chaos or to have elites and bureaucrats in Washington resolving our disputes as they see fit. How is that a conservative principle?

Stop trying to simply harm trial lawyers just because they tend to contribute to democrats. Trying to defund the left is a fine political strategy, but messing with our traditional civil court system violates our conservative principles to achieve a crass political end.

tommylotto on February 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM