Every single Republican Member of Congress has either voted against ObamaCare or voiced their opposition to it. Yet now that Congress has a real opportunity to prevent thismonstrosity from being inflicted on the American people, many Republicans arechickening out on the one thing that can stop ObamaCare in its tracks.Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and
Sen. Ted Cruz
of Texas are spearheading the effort to rally their fellow Republicans to pledge their support for a Continuing Resolution that fundsthe entire federal government except ObamaCare.Some Republicans have engaged in petty bickering over this effort, calling it dumb and silly. But this sort of schoolyard taunting runs the risk of allowing the ObamaCare trainwreck to embed itself in the government bureaucracy.Other Republicans say they want to repeal ObamaCare, but the House has voted on sucha measure dozens of times with no effect. Another approach proposes eliminatingcertain portions of ObamaCare, but no amount of tinkering around the edges can forestall the terrible impact of this law. It is like a mythical Hydra; cut off one head and two more grow back in its place.The hard truth is that the only realistic way to stop ObamaCare is to defund it, and thebest way to accomplishing this is through the Continuing Resolution pending in Congresswhich funds all of the federal government except ObamaCare. There is absolutely noreason why this cannot be done. The proposal by Lee, Cruz, and others mirrors arelatively routine procedure which Congress has undertaken many times over several decades.Why would so many Republicans fear this approach? Some argue that the GOP will betarred with the lie of trying to shut down the federal government, hurting their prospects for the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, not one Republican proposes to shut down thegovernment by defunding ObamaCare, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar.Notwithstanding the terrible effect ObamaCare will have on the American people,Republicans who refuse to defund it will face a backlash from their constituents.Congressional Republicans can no longer get away with telling the voters they are doingeverything they can to stop ObamaCare but then refuse to defund it.The voters are no longer fooled by this sort of rhetorical deception. By not defundingObamaCare, Republicans risk losing their majority in the House and slipping below 40seats in the Senate, the effects of which would be a devastating free reign for President Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress. It is absolutely stunning that HouseSpeaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell do not see theenormous risk they and their party face by allowing ObamaCare to take hold.In spite of all the complexities surrounding ObamaCare, the proposition of defunding it issimple; if you vote to fund ObamaCare, you own it. Republicans who follow such a pathwill have lost the conservatives who voted them into office and face the prospect of the2014 campaign being their last.