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GOP Rep. Lankford: Defunding Obamacare "Off The Table"

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) says defunding Obamacare is no longer on the table, GOP now pushing for delay of penalties.

JAKE TAPPER: Well, it all started, of course, because House Republicans linked the complete defunding of Obamacare to government spending. Whatever happened to that?

In an op-ed in "USA Today" yesterday, you wrote -- quote -- "Republicans have asked for two things on Obamacare and one thing on the debt ceiling," but you didn't mention defunding Obamacare. Is that just off the table now?

REP. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OK): That's currently off the table. We understand that.

I can tell you that's where my constituents are. Overwhelmingly, they are a spot to say they don't want this law to go into effect at all, but that's obviously not going to happen at this point. So we said, OK, let's do this, same thing I mentioned in that "USA Today" op-ed piece. Let's have the first year, the penalties not apply to people if they make a mistake or they don't want to do it this year.

We have already seen problems on the Web site. This law requires you go on this Web site, you buy insurance and it's in place. There are obviously going to be problems with that, not just for the next couple weeks, but it looks like for the next couple of months as they get this resolved. Take the penalties off the table for the first year and apply the effects of Obamacare the same to members of Congress and the White House as it does to everyday citizens.

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