The Republican plan to defund Obamacare is running into some roadblocks on Capitol Hill. Some Republicans don’t like it. Some really, really don’t like it. President Obama near certainly wouldn’t sign off on it and, even if the government did shut down, it wouldn’t stop the law’s implementation.
So, in other words, there are obstacles to the defunding strategy. And, in general, it’s pretty difficult to stop Obamacare at this point. The law survived a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election, the two events that – had they turned out differently – could have lead to Obamacare’s full-scale repeal.
This isn’t to say that Republicans are completely out of options; there are ways to dismantle or at least disassemble a few pieces of the Affordable Care Act. While they’re certainly not surefire, here are some possibilities currently on the table.