One of the most vocal opponents of the president's healthcare plan was in Kansas City Wednesday.
Last year, as a candidate for vice president, Paul Ryan campaigned against the plan. Now House Republicans are trying to eliminate the funding for Obamacare as part of a showdown that could shut down the federal government.
Congressman Ryan arrived in Kansas City late in the afternoon. He is visiting on a fundraising mission for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
The two men go back several years, to the '90s, when Ryan worked as an aide to then-U.S. Sen. Brownback.
Besides the fundraising, there are bigger issues for the congressman as the government faces yet another shutdown on Oct. 1. This is on the heels of another attempt by some Republicans to deny Democrats the ability to strip a defunding Obamacare provision out, also known as the nation's Affordable Care Act.
A group of Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas want to tie the passage of a new budget to keep the government running to stripping Obamacare off the books. The move hasn't garnered the support of Republicans, however, Ryan is in agreement with Cruz's move.
"We owe it to our fellow countrymen to try and exhaust all possibilities to delay damage that's going to come. I think we have an obligation to do that. On the other side, to the budget stuff you mentioned, time's ticking. The interest rates aren't going to be as low as they are. We need a budget agreement that deals with part of this problem. Obamacare creates a new entitlement we can't afford," he said.
When he returns to Washington, DC, Thursday, Ryan said he'll be in talks with other lawmakers, reaching across the aisle to put together a budget both sides and the American people can life with before a shutdown happens.
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