Speaker John A. Boehner has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday.
Speaker John A. Boehner stood his ground on Sunday alongside the most conservative Republicans in Congress, insisting that the House would not vote to finance and reopen the government or raise the nation’s borrowing limit without concessions from President Obama on the health care law.
Which is it?
Is Boehner willing to default on the nation's debts if he doesn't get the "concessions" he wants on Obamacare? Or is he going to end this concession obsession before October 17, when the debt limit has to be raised or else?