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September 20th, 2013
08:33 PM ET

Cutter: Obamacare won't be defunded

Stephanie Cutter says it's crazy for the GOP to keep fighting Obamacare because a majority of Americans are OK with it.

Gingrich: Obamacare is 'incompetent'


CNN's Newt Gingrich makes his case for defunding Obamacare and says the U.S. needs a real debate on health care.

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In the Crossfire: Is defunding Obamacare worth it?
September 20th, 2013
01:14 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Is defunding Obamacare worth it?

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The U.S. House of Representatives has launched the latest spending battle with the passage of a spending plan that could lead to a government shutdown and would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, the controversial health care reform law passed in 2010.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), citing the law's unpopularity, said: "The American people don't want the government shut down and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well."

"I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States," President Obama shot back at a speech in Liberty, Missouri.

Joining hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter in the Crossfire are Neera Tanden, the President of the Center for American Progress and a key architect of Obamacare, and FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe, who supports defunding Obamacare.

We want you to weigh in. If the government shuts down, which party deserves the blame? Vote on our daily question below or Tweet your response using #CrossfireReturns.

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Gingrich: Obama's big debt limit deception
September 20th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Gingrich: Obama's big debt limit deception

(CNN) - As a historian and a former speaker of the House who negotiated successfully through two government shutdowns, a successful welfare reform bill, the first tax cut in 16 years and four balanced budgets, I am offended and a little frightened by President Barack Obama's deliberate dishonesty about the debt ceiling.

On Wednesday, speaking to the Business Roundtable, Obama said:

"You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt."

This is just plain false, and he knows it. That he would say something so factually false in a prepared text is very worrisome.

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