Health spending bill clears Senate panel over GOP's opposition to health law


"Even if we could afford ObamaCare," Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said in prepared remarks, "we should not fund the program because it expands government intrusion into our lives that will stifle life-saving innovation and destroy the best medical care in the world."

Republicans in particular took aim at the $1 billion for the health's prevention fund, which the GOP calls a "slush fund."

Shelby said Democrats don't have the votes to pass the bill on the Senate floor without bipartisan support. He said he'd have an amendment to repeal funding for provisions of the healthcare law.