Many, like Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), concede the law is here to stay until at least 2017, when they hope a GOP president will finally kill it. But conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz insist Congress should use “every single tool at our disposal” now to stop the law, including holding spending bills hostage to force President Barack Obama to acquiesce.
Bad idea, say other GOP lawmakers. “We’ve tried that before, and it didn’t work very well,” said Cruz’s fellow Texan, Sen. John Cornyn.
Still others, such as Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), say it’s time to focus on fixing aspects of the existing law, rather than continuing a fruitless repeal effort.
“No, no,” responds Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). “It needs to be repealed and replaced.”
The dissension all has left some GOP lawmakers resigned and ready to move on.
“We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board, figure out if there is an alternative at this point,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Thursday. “Perhaps it’s time to move on from this particular topic.”