Kochs, Other Conservatives Split On Health Law Strategy

11 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Under attack for the government shutdown, some of the most vocal elements of the Conservative Party are publicly splintering, a sign of growing concerns that the defeat of among even hard-core conservatives that the defeat-health-care-at-any-cost may have backfired. The issue is the best way to oppose President Obama’s health care plan: to immediately bring it down by blocking an federal federal budge deal that includes funding it, or to gradually build public opposition until Congress and the White House are controlled by elected officials willing to repeal the law. On Thursday, the divisions were on public display as conservative groups like the Heritage Action for America said they would not fight a short-term in the ceiling while Americans for Prosperity insisted just a few days ago that any increase be tied to cuts in social programs.

Their actions followed an unusual public statement on Wednesday by the Koch Company, the conglomerate controlled by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch brothers, who sent a letter to the Senate ting that they did not support the effort by Heritage Action to force the partial closing of federal government as a way to eliminate funding for the health care program. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that “by shutting down the government, Republicans are satisfying the Koch brothers while millions of people are suffering.” 

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