Nebraska Republican Jeff Fortenberry was pressed at a town hall in his district this week about the many votes the House GOP has taken to repeal or dismantle parts of Obamacare.
Fortenberry called the 40 votes the House has taken on the health care law "theatrics," the Columbus Telegram reported on Thursday.
"Some people are beginning to ridicule us for that. To be honest, some of it is theatrics. You keep doing this over and over and over again and it doesn't get anywhere. It is theatrics," Fortenberry said according to the paper.
He said he remains opposed to the law, but was supportive of some of the more popular provisions like allowing children to stay on their parent's health plan until they turn 26.
Fortenberry's office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Earlier in the week, the Congressman also rejected the idea that Republicans should force a government shutdown over funding for Obamacare. Some in the GOP, like Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, have said Republicans should not agree to any increase in the debt ceiling if Obamacare is not fully defunded in the process.
From the Lincoln Journal Star:
Fielding a barrage of questions from constituents, some of whom attempted to push him to the right, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on Monday rejected a proposal that would trigger a government shutdown if funding to implement Obamacare were not eliminated.
That plan, aimed at refusing to raise the national debt ceiling when it is reached this autumn if Obamacare is not defunded, would lead to "very significant consequences" for the country without accomplishing its goal, the 1st District Republican said at a town hall meeting in Lincoln.
President Barack Obama is not going to sign a repeal of his health care reform law, Fortenberry said.
The newest battle over an increase in the debt ceiling is likely to lead to a short-term solution in the form of a continuing budget resolution, he predicted, with Congress then engaging in budget and tax reform negotiations.
Kate Nocera is the DC Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed’s Washington, DC bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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