GOP congressman on Obamacare: “We lost this battle”

Representative Dennis Ross throws in the towel

Topics: Dennis Ross, Peter King, Devin Nunes, Government shutdown, GOP Civil War, Obamacare, national journal, National Review

GOP congressman on Obamacare: "We lost this battle"Dennis Ross (Credit: Reuters/Jose Luis Magaua)

A congressman elected during the Tea Party wave year of 2010 thinks it’s time for his party to give up on stopping Obamacare and move on.

Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida told National Journal, “Ultimately [Obamacare's] going to happen, in my opinion. We have voted 41 times to defund it or get rid of it. If my people back home say: Oh my gosh you voted to fund Obamacare, so be it. We’ve lost this battle. We need to move on to the next one.”

Ross joins a growing list of Republican lawmakers who have expressed anxiety over their party’s government shutdown strategy. Rep. Devin Nunes called some of his fellow Republicans “[l]emmings with suicide vests,” while Rep. Charlie Dent has reportedly been working behind the scenes to persuade his party’s leadership to abandon the shutdown course. Rep. Peter King, for his part, complained that the shutdown strategy was “going nowhere.”

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at

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