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September 25th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Republicans Keeps On Talking To Defund Obamacare

As Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz continues to make a point to try to defund Obamacare by talking and talking on the body's floor, Senators are expected to eventually pass a new funding bill that preserves the health care law.

Then that bill will go back to Congress, which puts the pressure on Speaker John Boehner to either pass the new spending bill or block it,  CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Cruz started speaking at about 2:40 on Tuesday afternoon saying "I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand."

In a marathon event, Cruz has read tweets, told stories, and has only breaked while other Republican senators step in to ask him questions.

Though not every colleague supports this action.  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said,  “I just don't happen to think filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare.  All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded, and none of us want that.”

Though Acosta points out this is not a filibuster because the action will not prevent a vote.

In less than one week, on October first, new online marketplaces open for business across the country to give the uninsured their first shot at buying into health care plans.

President Obama has said, “What we want to make sure of is that everybody in every category in every age group understands why health insurance is important and why they should sign up.”

But Cruz and some other Republicans say they'll only vote for a measure that averts a government shutdown if it also defunds Obamacare.




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