Though Republicans are all running on a promise to repeal health care reform, a certain presidential veto would require another approach. GOP leaders would try to defund all the regulatory measures associated with the law and — using the nuclear option — block the annual appropriations bills that fund much of the nonmilitary government. That 1995-style solution would shut down the distribution of Social Security checks and Medicare payments, as well as funding for cancer research and toxic waste cleanup. It wouldn’t be pretty, and would test the limits of Americans’ disgust with big government. Yet RedState.com blogger Erick Erickson tweeted last week: “I’m almost giddy thinking about a government shutdown next year. I cannot wait!”
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