Baku-APA. As Republican lawmakers pushed ahead on Monday with a campaign to scuttle President Barack Obama's healthcare program, a survey suggested that they risk a public backlash should their efforts lead to a government shutdown or a default.
The CNBC poll reported that by a 59-19 percent margin, respondents opposed linking defunding of "Obamacare" to a possible shutdown starting on October 1, or to a failure to raise the government's borrowing authority, meaning Washington may not be able to pay all of its bills by sometime in October or early November.
Eighteen percent were undecided, according to nationwide poll of 800 people conducted by Hart-McInturff. It had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
On Friday Republicans in the House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate a measure that would make continued funding of the government contingent on defunding Obamacare. The bill passed on a mostly partisan vote of 230-189.
They plan a similar strategy when they take up a measure to raise the debt ceiling, which if defeated could lead to a government default.
The Democratic-controlled Senate will take up the House spending bill later on Monday. Democrats expect to send it back to the House by Sunday with the Obamacare provision stripped out, according to a Senate Democratic aide.
That timetable guarantees a down-to-the wire battle through next weekend, with little time for the House to respond to the Senate action.
The long Republican war against "Obamacare" is at the heart of the clashes ahead, just as important provisions of that law start taking effect on October 1.
The only certainty is that when the dust settles, Obamacare will still be standing. Neither the Senate nor the Democratic president will agree to a bill delaying the program, signed into law by Obama in March, 2010, to provide health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.
- 28/04/2015 Loretta Lynch sworn in as new US attorney general
- 28/04/2015 Nuke elimination top priority for UN, says Ban
- 27/04/2015 U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role
- 27/04/2015 U.S. police arrest 34 after protests turn violent
- 26/04/2015 Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled
- 26/04/2015 Americans protest killing of black man by Baltimore police
- 26/04/2015 US seeks access Philippine military bases as it pivots to Asia
- 25/04/2015 Angelina Jolie slams UN Security Council inaction on Syria
- 25/04/2015 6.2-magnitude quake hits 182km WSW of Bella Bella, Canada
- 24/04/2015 2 dead in drive-by shooting in U.S.
- 24/04/2015 Police, protesters clash in U.S. city Baltimore
- 24/04/2015 Obama not labeled 1915 events 'genocide'
- 24/04/2015 Utah prisoner dies after technichian forgets to perform dialysis
- 23/04/2015 U.S. drone strike accidentally killed 2 hostages
- 23/04/2015 UN Secretary-General calls on Armenian and Turkish people to normalize relations
- 23/04/2015 Volcano erupts in southern Chile, belching ash, smoke into sky
- 22/04/2015 Obama to refrain from terming 1915 events 'genocide'
- 22/04/2015 Obama: US could ‘penetrate’ Iran S-300 defense system
- 22/04/2015 President Obama not to use the word ‘genocide’ in his April 24th statement
- 22/04/2015 U.S. senators call for humanitarian safe zones in Syria
- 22/04/2015 US hails end to Saudi airstrikes
- 22/04/2015 Boston Marathon bombing trial's penalty phase kicks off
- 22/04/2015 Cuban FM visits France over relations
- 22/04/2015 Kerry to host Japan's Abe in Boston on April 26: State Department
- 21/04/2015 U.S. says might talk to Iran about regional stability, cites Syria
- 21/04/2015 US-Ukraine joint military mission begins
- 20/04/2015 White House fence-jumper arrested
- 20/04/2015 FBI arrests six in Minnesota, California terrorism investigation
- 20/04/2015 Baltimore black suspect dies after being injured during arrest
- 19/04/2015 11 people injured in California gas pipeline explosion
- 18/04/2015 UN official says Nigeria's elections a model in Africa
- 18/04/2015 Obama urges Gulf nations to help with chaos in Libya
- 18/04/2015 Obama to meet leaders of 6 Gulf countries in May
- 17/04/2015 U.S. threatens Russia with retaliation for violations of the INF Treaty
- 17/04/2015 Jobless claims rise in US, housing lags
- 16/04/2015 US to reduce foreign aid due to crisis
- 16/04/2015 Small helicopter lands on U.S. Capitol grounds, one person detained: police
- 16/04/2015 Colombia resumes air raids on rebels after 11 troops killed
- 15/04/2015 Cuba praises 'fair' US pledge on terrorism list
- 15/04/2015 Obama to take Cuba off terror list