Ultimately, what conservatives skeptical of Cantor’s plan really want, is a convincing game-plan for delaying Obamacare for at least another year, if not defunding it. And House Budget Committee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pitched exactly such a plan to a closed-door Republican Study Committee meeting Wednesday.
The Washington Examiner’s David M. Drucker reports that, under the Ryan plan, Republicans would agree to raise the debt limit for a year, and undo the scheduled automatic sequestration cuts, but in return, Obama would have to agree to a one-year delay of Obamacare.
“My take is, a consensus is all beginning to build,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said Wednesday as he exited the RSC meeting.
With new CNN polling showing that Obamacare is now more unpopular than ever, but that Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown, a merger of the Cantor and Ryan plans makes a lot of sense.