“If you fund it, you own it.” This quote by great senators like Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) exemplify why Republicans must fight to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution.
With all of the difficulties and delays in implementation, Republicans should be able to defund this law easily…right? Well, GOP leadership is so weak that they are going to allow a law that is so unpopular go into effect. Unions oppose it, the lead author of the law calls it a “train-wreck”, and the President is delaying almost everything in the law without congressional approval. It is time for true leaders to defund this law.
With the so-called Affordable Care Act set to take full effect in just a few short months, it has become perfectly clear that the law is not ready for prime time, even aside from its inherent shortcomings. Multiple states are having difficulty getting their health insurance exchanges ready to enroll customers by October 1st. Many of the nation’s largest insurance companies are withholding participation in these exchanges as well, thus decreasing the competition that would supposedly keep prices down. And, of course, the administration has arbitrarily (and possibly illegally) conceded that major portions of the law cannot be enforced for at least a year, greatly increasing the likelihood of massive subsidy fraud and identity theft in the government exchanges.
These delays, aside from proving that the law is not ready, are also causing ObamaCare’s enforcement to become even more flagrantly unfair. Having already granted waivers to an assortment of well-connected companies and organizations, the administration has granted big business a one-year stay on the employer mandate, while still planning to enforce the mandate that individuals must purchase insurance or face a fine.
Besides being unfair and unready, the Affordable Care Act is also unaffordable, both for many of those who are being forced to purchase insurance and for country as a whole. Many individuals in most states will see their insurance premiums increase sharply, and this is particularly true for young adults, who will bear much of the financial burden of supporting the flood of older, less healthy individuals into the insurance rolls. For conservatives in Congress who claim to be for reducing the federal government’s out-of-control spending, defunding ObamaCare would also be a major step towards that goal, saving tens of billions of dollars in 2014 alone.
For all of these reasons, it is clear that ObamaCare’s implementation, and its costly entitlement spending, must be halted before its disastrous debut in 2014. Congress has voted dozens of times to repeal, defund, and dismantle ObamaCare in bills that had no chance to pass, but has failed for more than three years to take a decisive stand on a must-pass bill. The Continuing Resolution provides Republicans with their best, and perhaps last, chance to do the job they were sent to Washington to do – to stop the government’s takeover of health care.
For all of these reasons, LLPH opposes ALL continuing resolutions that fail to defund Obamacare. We will score all continuing resolutions that do not defund Obamacare very heavily in our scorecard (likely 5 points apiece). Procedural votes will also likely be scored in our scorecard (likely less points, but we reserve the right to score them the maximum of 5 points as well). We are weighing the vote on these CRs very heavily because this may be the last chance to stop Obamacare. And Obamacare hits and violates all three major principles of LLPH: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It violates LIFE: paying for abortion-like drugs and contraception by forcing companies to buy insurance that covers these. It violates LIBERTY: forcing people to buy insurance against their will. And finally it violates the Pursuit of Happiness: taxing the American people to death, taking away the doctor-patient relationship by leading to many doctors’ retirements, and many more terrible consequences. IT IS TIME TO DEFUND OBAMACARE IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION! IT IS TIME TO GROW A SPINE AND FIGHT! WE DEMAND IT NOW!!!