As long as Obama is president, he will veto any bill that repeals his health care plan. But Obama cannot spend money unless Congress appropriates it.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution is unambiguous: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." No appropriation can become law unless the House of Representatives approves to it. If the Republican-majority House refuses to appropriate money to implement Obamacare, Obama may not draw money from the Treasury to do so.
Both Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, have called for denying Obama the money to implement Obamacare.
"Zero-out the implementation of Obamacare," Bachmann told me in a recent interview, in which she also advocated zeroing out funding for Obama's unconfirmed policy "czars."
"Zero-out funding for the 16,500 IRS agents who will be the enforcers of Obamacare," Bachmann said. "All of that needs to be zeroed out. That's the beauty of conservatives winning in this election, because the House has the power of the purse and we can zero that out in our budget."
"We need to make that argument," said Bachmann, "because to go down the road of funding Obamacare will lead us to socialized medicine."
King told me that every appropriations bill the Republican-majority House passes should include language that bars funding of Obamacare.
"Each appropriations bill that comes through, we need to put language in it that prohibits any of the dollars that are appropriated in those funds -- and I would add to that any funds heretofore appropriated -- from being used to implement or enforce Obamacare," said King.
In the end, Obama must either sign these bills and defund Obamacare, or the Republican-majority House must send him bills shorn of the language defunding Obamacare.
"Somebody's going to blink," King told me. "It'll be President Obama, or it'll be House Republicans.
"If House Republicans refuse to blink, we will succeed," said King. "Obamacare will never become the effective law of the land, and we'll be able to leave a legacy of liberty for the future generations."
Hopefully, the Republican leaders will gain the courage of Bachmann and King -- and stare Obama down.