FreedomWorks pushes GOP to embrace ObamaCare shutdown threat


The scoring process will test members' "reasonableness" and commitment to gutting the healthcare law, Kibbe said.

Scorecards are influential on the right in determining which Republican lawmakers receive primary challenges. They also provide fodder for primary attacks.

Kibbe made the announcement at a press conference designed to show support for the shutdown threat ahead of the August recess, when conservative lawmakers will attempt to sell the movement around the country.

Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Senate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Trump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Congress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Trump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests MORE (R-Fla.) spoke to reporters along with House members and representatives from conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and Tea Party Patriots.

Brent Bozell, president of the Tea Party group ForAmerica, said he personally supports launching primary efforts against Republicans who oppose the defunding push.

Another group, Heritage Action, is also keeping tabs on efforts to kill ObamaCare in September, promising to identify members who do not cosponsor defunding bills from Cruz and Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesQAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg expresses 'disgust,' keeps policies | New doomsday cyber bills | QAnon follower favored for congressional seat QAnon believer advances to Georgia House runoff race MORE (R-Ga.).

Cruz predicted a "tsunami" of support Thursday for drastic measures to stop the healthcare law's implementation.

He and other conservatives have vowed to block any government funding measure that includes money for the healthcare law.

The move is likely to result in a government shutdown if conservatives do not back down, as the current continuing resolution expires at the end of September and Obama will not agree to a measure that defunds ObamaCare.

Establishment Republicans have lashed out at the strategy, which they predict will doom the Republican Party if a shutdown occurs.

ObamaCare's major provisions take effect on Jan. 1.

Its new insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for enrollment on Oct. 1, putting pressure on conservatives who want to block the law before its benefits reach voters.

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized MORE (R-Texas) painted the funding fight as a matter of life and death Thursday, predicting that seniors' lives will be shortened under ObamaCare.

"Who do you want to die in America so that we're on par with the English system?" Gohmert said, referring to Britain's universal health system.

—Molly Hooper contributed.