With the government shutdown now in its second week, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is calling on President Obama and Senate Democrats to negotiate changes to the Affordable Care Act.
From Walden's perspective, it only makes sense to discuss spending when passing a spending bill. But he says Senate Democrats have refused to have that discussion.
When it comes to the health care law, he says the House has sent over several proposals. One would delay the individual mandate. Another would repeal the law's tax on medical devices.
But Walden says the Senate has refused to consider any changes tied to funding the government.
"And yet, the President and his administration, whenever they've run into a problem with the law, rather than come to Congress to resolve the problem, they just say, 'Oh, we're not going to enforce that'," Walden told OPB in a phone interview on Friday.
Walden says the most recent example was the administration's announcement this summer that it was delaying the employer mandate.
In his weekly address, President Obama called on Republican Speaker John Boehner to allow a simple yes-or-no vote on a budget bill that, as he put it, didn't have any "partisan strings attached."