Republicans Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have been pushing a plan to fund the federal government except for the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) in the next budget year. The senators believe this is the last chance to stop a mortal atrocity against public health.
Their effort has met with opposition even by some heavies within their own party. Republicans, however, have a winning hand available in this defunding matter if their leadership would realize it.
To understand why, we must first understand why those who tactically recommend against pursuing defunding are wrong.