On August 27, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Benjamin Domenech was a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” to talk about conservatives in Congress pressuring Speaker Boehner to use the upcoming debt ceiling fight to defund Obamacare.
Ben said: I think the right flank is tired Chris of seeing these sorts of issues come up again and again and feeling an unwillingness of Boehner and McConnell to stand up to the President and fight on it. So, there’s a lot of bluster to sort of compensate for that, but I just have to point something out that’s a little different about this situation, the fallback from my perspective for John Boehner isn’t any more realistic than the sort of things that the tea party is really pushing him to do right now when it comes to defunding Obamacare versus delaying it. I think that’s one of the issues really we have to understand is not the typical the elites are being realistic, the tea party is being unrealistic divide. Because I don’t think that you have the votes for either of those things in the U.S. Senate, which makes it a moot point from my perspective. Whichever strategy, whichever leverage John Boehner is going to use in this situation, I think you’ve already seen the redline from Secretary Lew when it comes to the way these negotiations are going to play out. Frankly, if the President is willing to come to the negotiation table on these sorts of things is going to be an issue.
He further goes on to discuss the strength of the right, which is to have this argument because when the President, himself, has delayed portions of the Affordable Care Act it creates a handy little argument for the right to make. Which is essentially he’s exempting employers, he’s exempting friends, but he won’t exempt the American people, but to think that any of those things will actually become policy is foolish.
Watch the video below: