Defunding Obamacare is just a ruse to shut down the government, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“Republicans put legislation on the floor that was intended to shut down government,” Pelosi told CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday. “For them, that’s a victory because [of] their anti-government ideologues who dominate the Republican party.”
Crowley corrected Pelosi by saying the Republicans wanted to defund Obamacare, but Pelosi stood her ground.
“No, they want to shut down government,” Pelosi said. “The effect of putting [Obamacare] on the bill is to shut down government. They know that. They know it has no prospect of prevailing.”
Pressed further by Crowley, who reminded the minority leader that Obamacare was causing businesses to turn their employees part-time and that Republicans wanted to help those businesses, Pelosi said that was just “an excuse.”
Crowley also asked Pelosi about compromise on the debt ceiling and about Republicans wanting to include further spending cuts.
“The cupboard is bare, there’s no more cuts to make,” Pelosi said.
Apparently Pelosi is unaware of the $200 billion of waste described in detail in an April Government Accountability Office report.