The threat of a debt default is being considered by a large number of House and Senate Republicans to restrict, defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. "I think the debt ceiling is a good opportunity ... to defund or at least delay," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who opposed the tactics employed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in an attempt to use a spending bill to defund the law. Speaking in Maryland Thursday, President Barack Obama said he would not give in. "No Congress before this one has ever, ever in history been irresponsible enough to threaten an economic shutdown -- to suggest America not pay its bills -- just to try to blackmail a president into giving them some concessions," Obama said.

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