I have carefully followed all the arguments pro and con on this subject and while I agree the naysayers have made some legitimate points, those are far outweighed by the reasons to oppose it.
(1) Simply put, how about because defunding ObamaCare is the right thing to do? We Conservatives either stand for fiscal responsibility and less government or we stand for nothing. ObamaCare is a massive government power grab and on that basis alone ought be opposed. But there's more.
(2) The American people don't want it. I don't know of any opinion poll which shows the people of America want this thing but plenty of them which show they don't. Whom do we represent? The American people or Obama? Let the Democrats claim the latter position, not us.
(3) Defunding ObamaCare is perfectly Constitutional as the power of the purse lies with Congress. ObamaCare is not Constitutional as it violates the "equal protection" clause. It is arbitrarily applied and provides exemptions to some based on the will of one man, Obama (the essence of tyranny). Even today on this Forum there is a thread showing how a favored religious group, Muslims, will not be subject to this law while ProLife Christians are even allowed to opt out just from one provision: abortion. (ObamaCare’s Muslim Exemption )
(4) Proposed measures do NOT defund government. They provide full operational funding minus the funds for ObamaCare. If the government shuts down due to Democrat intransigence on that issue that will be on their heads, not ours. Now I realize that no matter how that plays out the MSM will do all in its power to blame any shutdown on Republicans, but we will NEVER get fair or honest treatment from that quarter, so we may as well earn it by doing what is right. Besides, as Rapunzel has shown and cogently argued, the last shutdown actually didn't hurt us all that much, save in the fervid imaginations of the pusillanimous.
(5) If a measure to defund is approved by the House then the Senate will have to vote on it. Yes, they may turn it down but that will put on the Democrats on record as being in favor of an unpopular issue just in time for the 2014 elections. There are 21 US Senate seats up for re-election in 2014 that are currently held by Democrats, with more than half of those being vulnerable. The 21 either vote with Obama/Reid or leave themselves open for harsh criticism come 2014.
(6) If ObamaCare survives this session of Congress we may never get rid it because of the way it's designed. You naysayers, if you are not willing to fight this battle, where will you draw your (real) red line? Is there any principle at all for which you will say, this far and no further? It certainly appears that there isn't.
Comments are welcome, thank you.