After weeks of dithering, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has finally joined Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the fight to defund ObamaCare.
On October 1 the law will start enrollment, but House Republicans—as well as some Republican Senators—have proposed a continuing resolution that would fund the entire government, except for ObamaCare. The effect would be that much of its implementation would be delayed, and there would be no funds to enforce the law.
In fact the House just passed that continuing resolution this past week, a surprising move after members of the GOP leadership had expressed doubts over the possibility of such a resolution being passed through both houses of Congress.
Absent a filibuster, the most likely scenario is that the Senate will send a bill back to the House that would fund ObamaCare. If Congress cannot agree on a bill, America would be facing a government shutdown. And then comes the real test for the GOP.
A government shutdown is not as bad as President Obama and Democrats would like people to believe. The most vital aspects of the government will still be in operation, such as the military, Social Security and Medicare services (including health care and payments), air traffic and border control, banking activities, law enforcement, and a dizzying amount of other important (and not-so-important) government functions.
Of course, Democrats will scream bloody murder that Republicans are employing Nazi tactics that will send little Johnny and Granny into the gas chambers, that planes will begin falling from the sky, that anarchy will rule the streets, and other predictable demagogic nonsense. None of it will be true.
Truth be told, we experience government shutdowns several times a month. It’s called the weekend. And—get this—we survive. Americans do not need the government running at one hundred percent capacity in order to thrive, and they know it. In a recent Rasmussen poll, more than half of respondents support a “partial government shutdown” in order to defund ObamaCare
As enumerated in the Constitution, Congress has the power of the purse and therefore has every right to delay the funding of a law for a year. In fact, the Obama Administration has already missed over half of the deadlines imposed in the ObamaCare law, amounting to unconstitutional rewrites.
A continuing resolution to defund the law could actually be seen as a very positive thing for the law itself, so that bureaucrats have more time to effectively organize the monstrosity (the original law was about 3,000 pages, and regulations now exceed 10,000 pages).
As it stands, according to the HHS Inspector General, the Obama Administration has not installed sufficient computer security to protect the identities and private information that the government will be collecting. This revelation was followed by news that doctors may be required to ask patients about their sex lives and a bunch of other creepy stuff . This information and much more will be stored in a government database that may very well be susceptible to hacking.
The law has already undergone a series of delays and missed deadlines. By passing a continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare, Congress would be acknowledging the law is simply not ready, and therefore stop its implementation before it can wreak more havoc.
Another reason Democrats can get behind this is because of how much it could reduce the deficit. The cost of ObamaCare has risen from President Obama’s $900 billion guarantee, to an estimated $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years.
Furthermore, a government shutdown is not the plan. Republicans are proposing a very reasonable measure that would fund every aspect of the government, with the exception of ObamaCare.
Principles Over Politics
Even Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat and key architect in designing ObamaCare, recently expressed his concerns that the implementation of ObamaCare would be a “huge train wreck.”
Meanwhile Howard Dean, DNC chairman, warned of the IPAB, which ObamaCare sets up as a rationing board that will enact cuts to Medicare.
If even Democrats are publicly expressing concern over ObamaCare, doesn’t it seem reasonable that Republicans unite and try put the brakes on this train wreck? All too often, Republicans and pundits refuse to consider a plan to defund ObamaCare, because they argue that President Obama will never sign it.
But when push comes to shove, and filibuster comes to government shutdown, the President will be in the unenviable position of refusing to fund the government, and the pressure will build. The ball will be in his court, and he may come to see that a temporary delay of his law is preferable to an ongoing government shutdown, particularly since his approval ratings are at record lows.
Unite Now, or Gamble Later?
Republicans have campaigned against this law for years, and now is the final chance to stop it before it officially starts. Although 13 GOP Senators have come out in favor of the House’s measure to defund Obamacare, the Republican establishment has balked. These quislings have done nothing substantive to defeat ObamaCare, neither have they put forward a plan of their own.
Electing more Republicans in 2014 and 2016 is not guaranteed, and by then the law may be too entangled in the system for the party to achieve an outright repeal. After all, when has an American entitlement program been repealed? I often hear the argument, “Just wait and let people see how bad it is.”
What kind of plan is that? So we should allow Americans to lose their jobs, get their hours cut, lose their coverage, lose their privacy, surrender more of their earnings and liberties, perhaps even sacrifice their health or lives… so that repeal will be politically viable?
This is a gutless argument. Defunding and delaying ObamaCare is the first step in defeating the law, but a necessary one that supports conservative principles.
“ObamaCare is the number one job-killer in America.” -Sen. Ted Cruz
Let’s be honest. This economy sucks.
Seven out of every eight jobs that have been created during Obama’s tenure have been part-time jobs . 47 million people are on food stamps, up from 32 million in 2007, and over 100 million Americans are on some type of welfare. Median household income has fallen for four years in a row . The United States has fallen in the global competitiveness rankings for four years in a row. Less than 59 percent of working-age adults have a job, down from over 61 percent when Obama first took office. Student loan debt now exceeds a trillion dollars nationally. The national debt has grown $6 trillion over the past four years for a $17 trillion total. Oh, and the unemployment rate? Still at 7.3% with 23 million Americans underemployed.
In the midst of all this economic instanbility and more, we are already seeing ObamaCare shape the United States into a part time work force. More than 300 employers have already cut hours or jobs, citing the cost of ObamaCare.
What if you’re a young Millennial like me? What if you’re relatively healthy and young and decide that you would like to invest your money elsewhere, other than health insurance?
Thanks to ObamaCare, that’s now against the law.
Starting in 2014, if you choose not to purchase health insurance, you will have to pay one percent of you income to the government, enforced by our good friends at the IRS. In 2016, that figure will jump to 2.5 percent of your income.
As implementation nears, it appears that the Affordable Care Act will achieve the opposite of what it promised. Studies indicate that health insurance costs will increase considerably, just as Republicans and conservatives have feared.
I guess this is what Obama means when he says “everybody pays their fair share”?
Fighting for the continuing resolution to defund ObamaCare will give Republicans a megaphone to expose the trainwreck that is ObamaCare. They already have support of more than half of Americans. Now, these politicians just need a little push.
You can visit this website to sign the letter encouraging Congress to defund ObamaCare. Scroll down to find contact information for Republican Senators who are still on the fence. The grassroots got the House GOP leadership to join the fight.
Now, we must storm the Senate as we never have before.
BONUS: Check out this impressive, comprehensive video on the problems with ObamaCare.