Obamacare: What Conservatives Should Do Next

Guest Post by Chris Jacobs, The Heritage Foundation

Given last week’s devastating announcement that the Administration cannot implement Obamacare’s employer mandate next year without costing jobs, many conservatives have pondered the best course of action for Congress to take in response.  The strategic options are many, but the choice should be clear: Congress should refuse to spend a single dime implementing this law.

For instance, some have called for repealing or delaying the individual mandate—because struggling families should get the same break big businesses received when the Administration delayed the employer mandate last week.  Others have called for delaying the law for a year, or for defunding IRS efforts to implement Obamacare.

Repealing only some portions of the statute—for instance, the individual mandate, or IRS enforcement—will allow other portions more fully to take root.  And without language fully defunding the law, delaying portions of Obamacare will only give the Administration more time to try and “fix” the technical glitches hampering creation of Exchanges.  That’s why the best “delay”—and the only effective one—is a full defunding of the statute, one that forces all federal bureaucrats to put down their pens and stop crushing the American economy with Obamacare mandates and regulations.

Only a full, complete, and total defunding of Obamacare accomplishes all of these goals.  Conservatives should keep their eyes on the prize and focus on the ultimate objective: Ensuring Congress does not spend a single dime on Obamacare.

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  2. I agree. Too often, we hear Republicans say that we need to water down liberal legislation. They are wrong. We need to kill it. Congress has authority to defund the bill, and they should. Defunding language can be added to an appropriations act that must be passed for government to function. That makes it impossible for President Obama to veto the bill. Public opinion supports us doing this and we should.

  3. Repeal, Repeal, Repeal…This political and economic Hydra must be terminated! Does our Leadership in The House and Senate understand this? Starve it. Kill it. End it now or we will forever regret not doing so. It may be worth-while to reflect how We the People were walked into the Most Costly Ponzi Scheme in history…America’s Current Social Security System.

  4. The first 1000 pages of Obamacare was posted online at months before the vote. Those who read it (none of our elected reps bothered to read it) were disgusted by it, contacted their reps and begged them to vote no and send it back to be redone as REAL healthcare. The ugly stuff that has been seeping out since our elected reps lined up like lemmings and voted for it, was there in black and white. Just before the vote, they added another 1800 pages, full of pork and giveaways for special interests and campaign donors. After the vote, they have added thousands more regulations that will make it even worse for small businesses and mainstream America. Delaying the mandate for a year is just kicking the can down the road for another year, just “kill” it, bury the putrid mess and do healthcare on C-SPAN like Obama said would be done, instead of behind closed doors.

  5. This bill is designed to bankrupt America and although Obama promised it “Would lower the deficit” actually it will cost 300% more than Obama promised, he knew it was a lie. Obama simply rammed it through a democratic Congress so it would be a monument to him, although bankrupting the country. He doesn’t care!

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