A Heritage Foundation fellow and former member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., says President Obama is sidestepping what could be a large part of the resolution of the nation’s problem with its debt ceiling: Obamacare.

“Repealing Obamacare would certainly help even though they tried to disguise the fact that it was a major contributor to deficit, what is it, $183 billion in advance appropriations still coming in?” Istook said.

“It’s money being spent hand-over-fist. That would be a step in the right direction,” Istook said.

His comments came just after Obama’s latest news conference at which he stated – repeatedly – his requirements for Congress to raise the nation’s debt ceiling so he can borrow and spend more money.

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