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“What do you mean by defunding Obamacare?”
Defunding Obamacare means attaching a legislative rider to a “must pass” bill (debt limit, annual spending bill, etc.) that 1) prohibits any funds from being spent on any activities to implement or enforce Obamacare; 2) rescinds any unspent balances that have already been appropriated for implementation; and 3) turns off the exchange subsidy and new Medicaid spending that are on auto-pilot.
Obamacare is a predictable failure because it is based on the idea that government manipulation and control of the health care system can improve outcomes for patients, reduce costs and increase choice. It can’t, and it was only a matter of time before even Democratic support for the law began to erode.
The question is what Congress can do now given President Obama’s intransigence on the issue. The answer is the total and complete defunding of Obamacare.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has released a discussion draft of his proposal, the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act, which could be the beginning of the end for the federally sponsored (i.e., taxpayer-backed) housing finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Heritage Foundation explains the legislation would help create a housing finance system that protects both taxpayers and homeowners.
Heritage Action supports the PATH Act, calling it a “solid conservative [solution] to one of our nation’s most pressing problems.” Recall, these two entities have had ruinous effects on the financial system.
Yesterday, Heritage Action announced it would key vote co-sponsorship of the Defund Obamacare Act, introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA). In the key vote, we said “Representatives should co-sponsor the Defund Obamacare Act AND tie it to a “must-pass” bill, such as the year-end funding bill.”
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) is circulating a letter in the House to that effect. The letter urges Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the steps necessary to defund Obamacare in its entirety, including on a year-end funding bill like a continuation resolution (CR).
The goal of the pro-amnesty crowd is simple—pass a bill, any bill (preferably one that includes some sort of path to citizenship) so that pro-amnesty negotiators can begin working on a compromise that resembles the Senate-passed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). That deal making could take place in a formal conference committee or, more likely, a backroom process.