How Does It Work?

Because Congress holds the “power of the purse,” Congress can refuse to fund Obamacare implementation for the fiscal year that starts October 1.

Congress has a long history of adding “limitation-of-funds” amendments to its annual spending bills, preventing the government from spending any federal taxpayer dollars on certain executive actions.

Defunding Obamacare would prevent the executive branch-including the IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services-from enforcing the law’s mandates, regulations, and tax increases.

While a defund would not change existing law or the Obamacare regulations that have been released so far, full defunding would be the best short-term approach to lessening the law’s burdens now-with the goal of fully repealing the measure in the future.