What’s Next for Obamacare?
When it comes to Obamacare, “Congress’s role is minuscule,” explained National Journal. In the mind of many in Washington, the election settled the debate and the “repeal efforts were over.” Although the politics in Washington may have swiftly shifted, polling has remained remarkably static, with most voters still expressing serious reservations over the law.
This week, the House will debate a government funding bill that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) told Roll Call “can pass both bodies.” In fact, a separate Roll Call piece explains Senate Democrats are not prepared to risk a shutdown fight over the sequester-induced funding levels. Neither is President Obama. Rogers continued: “We’ve got to keep it fair and noncontroversial, and I think it is a fair non-political funding of the government.”
Eliminating controversy, in Washington-speak, means avoiding things like Obamacare, religious liberty, or even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many conservatives recognize time is running short to delay the implementation of Obamacare:
On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges. On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America. The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing.
Obamacare will force millions of Americans out of their existing plans; in fact, it is already happening. Republicans in Congress, many who were elected in 2010 and 2012 based on their opposition to Obamacare, must defund Obamacare before it is too late.
The path to balance is not paved with Obamacare. If lawmakers do not believe the forthcoming continuing resolution (CR) is “the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare,” they must put forth a real alternative to stopping the law’s implementation. Standing idle when action is needed is not leadership.