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Heritage CEO: GOP must win back White House before repealing ObamaCare

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Needham made a distinction between the full repeal of ObamaCare and the delay or defunding of the law, which his group has been pushing. 

His conservative group has been at the forefront of the battle to use the budget debate as leverage to defund or delay ObamaCare, even opposing the GOP House plan that stalled Tuesday because it did not go far enough. 

“Unfortunately, the proposed deal will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s massive new entitlements from taking root, radically changing the nature of American health care,” the group wrote in a key-vote memo opposing the plan. 

Republicans who oppose Heritage’s tactics, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have made a similar argument that the ObamaCare debate will prove fruitless until the GOP wins back control of the presidency, regardless of whether they push for the law's repeal or delay. 

Needham reiterated that his group opposed the House plan because it did nothing to slow implementation of the law for the public. 

A plan to prohibit members of Congress from receiving employer-based healthcare subsidies when they enter the new exchanges would have been one of the only ObamaCare provisions included in a deal to raise the debt ceiling and open the government in the House plan. 

“It is not doing anything to address the real problems,” he said.