Heritage Action backs spending bill threat to stop ObamaCare

An conservative advocacy group on Tuesday endorsed using the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.

Heritage Action on Tuesday goaded lawmakers to support House and Senate bills to defund the healthcare law, and urged them to link the measures to "must-pass" legislation, such as a bill to fund the government.

Proponents of the plan argue that it's the only way to kill the Affordable Care Act before the law's major provisions take effect next year. 

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"If Congress chooses not to fund ObamaCare activities for the upcoming fiscal year, the Obama administration cannot act to implement the law," Heritage Action stated in a memo.

The group said it will keep count of all members who co-sponsor legislation from Rep. Tom GravesTom GravesBillboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality Week ahead: House eyes trillion-dollar omnibus | Crunch time for Senate ObamaCare repeal bill | Senate moves ahead on Trump nominees House GOP looks to advance trillion-dollar omnibus MORE (R-Ga.) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE (R-Texas) to defund the healthcare law.

This process is sometimes called "scoring" or "key voting." It provides an easy way for pressure groups to see which members support their priorities — and determine who deserves backing during the next election.

Conservative legislative scorecards have become particularly influential as Tea Party challengers seek to unseat Republican lawmakers.

At this stage, Heritage Action plans only to tally the names of members who co-sponsor the Graves and Cruz bills.

The group made clear that it will disapprove of lawmakers who do not join efforts to defund ObamaCare in "must-pass" legislation, but will not list who those members are at this point.

The threat of a government shutdown over ObamaCare is growing more likely as Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership team, increasingly support the plan.

The effort's leader, Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeTrouble draining the swamp? Try returning power to the states Congress must act to protect data privacy before courts make surveillance even easier Five tough decisions for the GOP on healthcare MORE (R-Utah), has said he will have enough votes to filibuster any stopgap measure that includes ObamaCare funding.

“This is the last stop before ObamaCare fully kicks in on Jan. 1 of next year for us to refuse to fund it,” Lee said Monday on “Fox and Friends.”

“If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of ObamaCare, we can stop it."