Nunnelee quizzed over health overhaul funding

U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee says he opposes the federal health overhaul law, but he believes it would be irresponsible to shut down the government to try to block its funding.

The Republican represents north Mississippi’s 1st District. During a town hall meeting Thursday night in Columbus, he faced questions about the Affordable Care Act, which became law before he was elected to Congress in November 2010.

The Commercial Dispatch reports ( ) that Monica Smith from the Tupelo TEA Party asked Nunnelee if he’d “do everything it takes to de-fund Obamacare.”

Nunnelee said he has voted 40 times to repeal or dismantle the law. But he told the crowd: “If we shut down government, Obamacare will continue to be funded.”