INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is tamping down his assertion earlier
this week that a government shutdown is “worthwhile” to delay or defund the
federal health care law.
Pence told the South Bend Tribune Tuesday that “efforts to delay the
implementation of Obamacare and also efforts to reduce the negative impact
of Obamacare on our economy are worthwhile.” But Pence said Friday he meant
that the key pieces of the health care law need work and did not mean he
supported a shutdown.
Pence said his former colleagues in Washington should look for compromise on
areas like repealing the medical device tax.
His clarification comes a day after U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman became a top
target for Democrats after saying he was unsure what Republicans wanted from
the continuing standoff.