That seems to be the question on a lot of people's minds as the Republicans in the House move to fulfill their pledge to the Americans who elected them in the November landslide. The Republicans promised the people during the campaign that they would find a way to stop the implementation of the ObamaCare that had been shoved down the people's throats despite their most strenuous objections (only fools pretend that there was popular support for the passing of the legislation).
The historic landslide victory clearly indicates the American people were demanding such action. The Republicans are moving now to provide it. All that remains to be seen is whether the Democrats will shut down the government in response.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee told CNSNews.com that he is committed to defunding the health care law, adding that a government shutdown over the law is in the hands of President Barack Obama.
CNSNews.com asked Price, "Since the House Republicans' budget will not include funds for the health care law and the CR [Continuing Resolution] will not include funds for the health care law, do you think Senate Democrats will shut down the government to force Republicans to fund the health care law?"
"That's a great question. That's a question to ask them obviously. What we want to do is make certain that the American people understand and appreciate that we're putting every single ounce of energy we can into being certain that this law doesn't come to pass in terms of activity on the American people," he told CNSNews.com.
And if the Senate Democrats don't do it, what will be Obama's response? Given the constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of Congress, will he?
CNSNews.com also asked Price if he thinks there will be a government shutdown over the health care law.
"Well, I think that's up to the president. If he wants to close down the government based on upon an unconstitutional law, then that's his prerogative. We're not interested in shutting down the government. What we're interested in doing is solving the challenges that we face based upon fundamental principles in the area of health care and elsewhere," he responded.
Given the negative kickback Republicans received when blamed for shutting down the government during the Clinton years, there is no question the media will attempt to frame any coming shutdown as the fault of the Republicans again.
Republicans have to continue expressing the message Obama himself articulated: elections have consequences, we are carrying forth the mandate of that election. The negative kickback should be feared not by Republicans, but by those on the wrong side of this issue.