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OBAMACARE. Watch this Heritage video featuring Dr. Tim Shepherd who explains why Obamacare must be defunded and stopped:
DEFUND. House leaders decided Wednesday to delay consideration of the continuing resolution until next week:
Continuing opposition from conservatives forced House GOP leaders on Wednesday to delay a vote on a temporary spending bill required to prevent a government shutdown next month.
The conservatives are unhappy with a plan by GOP leaders to advance the measure through the House coupled with a provision to derail implementation of the new health care law but allow the Democratic Senate to send it on to the White House shorn of the ”defund ‘Obamacare”’ provision so long as there is a vote on it.
Remember, this debate is not and never has been about shutting down the government. It’s about defunding Obamacare while funding the government. (And yes, so-called “mandatory spending” can be defunded – it happens all the time.) Moreover, conservatives know very well that simply shutting down the government would not be sufficient to stop Obamacare’s implementation. Rather, defunding it on a must-pass spending bill is the last best chance to stop Obamacare. We noted Wednesday:
Congress needs to get off the ropes and put the pressure where it belongs – on President Obama and his allies in Congress who want socialized healthcare.
UNIONS. The tension between unions and Obamacare has been building. That tension culminated Wednesday at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles, as described by the headline, “Unions’ misgiving on Health Law Burst Into View”:
While praising the overall legislation, the delegates overwhelmingly passed a sharply worded resolution that demanded changes to some of its regulations, although Mr. Trumka made sure to strip out some proposals that called for repealing the legislation.
At the convention, though, several labor leaders spoke their minds.
“If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed,” said Terence M. O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. “We don’t want it to be repealed. We want it to be fixed, fixed, fixed.
Conservatives agree that Obamacare must be repealed, but the law certainly cannot be fixed. That is why it must be defunded and repealed in full.
OBAMACARE. Support for President Obama’s signature healthcare law has fallen below 40 Percent, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday:
The poll’s release comes after a major push the past six weeks by conservative groups to try and defund the health care law. There has also been a huge disparity over the past couple of years in ad spending over the issue, with groups opposed to Obamacare greatly outspending those in favor of the measure. The new poll suggests the negative advertising may be taking a toll. The forces opposed to the health care law have also been much more active on social media than those supportive of the law. And the one year delay in the implementation of the employer mandate, another key component of the law, which was well publicized earlier this year, may have also contributed to the loss of support.