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September 30th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Republican congressman: Obama, Democrats have refused to compromise on anything

A lot of Republicans, including many in the Senate, say a government shutdown will hurt the Republican party, because Americans will blame the GOP.

"The American people will brush everybody with the same stroke," Republican Congressman Tom Price, of Georgia, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.

"The president, and his party, and Harry Reid have refused to compromise on anything whatsoever," said Price, who said that Republicans have put forward "three different compromises" – namely, bills to repeal, defund, and delay the president's health care law, so-called Obamacare.

But it does not appear to be a compromise, given Republicans are preventing the funding of the government to go forward.

Price said the fact that the president has delayed parts of the law – the employer mandate – is evidence that it is not ready to be enacted.

The bill is "destructive to quality health care and it's destructive to the economy. We ought not stand idly by and have that go into effect," said Price.

The problem is, few people are talking about Obamacare, because the focus is now on the government shutdown, and all the negatives that come with it – veterans who will not be able to get benefits, government employees who are not going to be able to work and pay the bills for their families, and more.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are asking for a so-called clean bill, one that funds the government without the defunding or delaying Obamacare attached.

Price said there are not enough voted in the House to pass a clean bill.

"The House of Representatives, in representing their districts, is saying clearly that we need to fund the entire federal government. There's no doubt about it. But we need to make certain that we modify at least minimally the law that the American people do not desire to go into effect," said Price.

For more of our interview with Rep. Tom Price, watch the video above.

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