Hemmer asked how far Cantor might go with this. "All I can say is that the president has got to get serious," said Cantor. "The speaker is correct that Obamacare is such an expansion of government spending that it ought to be on the table." Unlike Boehner, he got somewhat specific about what might be slashed. The medical device tax,
for example, and IPAB, "the essence of Washington controlling all that health care is about."
Some Democrats, like incoming Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are open to cutting the device tax.
But cutting back either that tax or IPAB costs money. Getting rid of them doesn't actually bring down the deficit at all -- it does the exact opposite. And in the past, Obamacare "on the table" has meant full repeal or full defunding. Never mind Norquist -- that's just not going to be a workable compromise.