Obamacare in Critical Condition as House Votes to Defund, Fight Moves to Senate
Today the House of Representatives voted to defund Obamacare on the continuing resolution by a vote of 230 to 189. Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham said:
“Today’s vote is a victory for the American people, who should not be forced to spend another dime on Obamacare. Opponents of the law are, and must remain, united in their opposition to funding this unworkable, unaffordable law. Senate Democrats must now make a decision: will they stand with President Obama to protect Obamacare or will they reject partisan politics to protect their constituents.”
Obamacare is a hazard to health care in America, but now the law is in critical condition, thanks to this move in the House. Defunding the law in its entirety would bring its implementation to a screeching halt – from the complicated Obamacare bureaucracy to the onerous rules and regulations.
This is clearly a victory for America; simply look at the recent polling on how the American people view Obamacare:
- 68 percent are concerned about the impact on their personal health care under Obamacare (Fox News poll, September 17)
- 57 percent oppose Obamacare (CNN/ORC International survey, September 11)
- 52 percent believe Obamacare will result in their health care costs increasing (NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, September 15)
- 51 percent want Congress to cut funding for Obamacare (Rasmussen Reports, September 17)
But this debate is not just about polls. It’s about people.
It’s about the people who are losing their jobs thanks to Obamacare, like the 950 jobs lost at Wake Forest Medical Center, the 400 jobs lost at Orlando Health, as part of an effort to position the hospital system for Obamacare rules and regulations, or the 7,386 full-time jobs turned part-time in Virginia – and that’s the low-end estimate.
It’s about the young people who can’t afford to pay for expensive insurance plans because they can’t find work in an Obama economy. It’s about the low income people who will increasingly be trapped in low-wage and part-time jobs and stuck with Medicaid, a failed program that is often worse for health outcomes than having no insurance at all.
It’s about the people who are losing their health care coverage thanks to Obamacare, like the 15,000 working spouses of UPS employees who will lose their coverage if it is offered through their own employers.
It’s about the people whose religious freedom is being trampled on by Obamacare’s coercive HHS mandate, which has elicited more than 60 lawsuits by religiously affiliated institutions, organizations, and companies across the country. Think of Hobby Lobby, which employs 13,000 individuals across the country; the company could face fines as high as $1.3 million per day because of Obamacare.
It’s about the people who will not have access to the doctors of their choice and the physicians who will retire prematurely because they would prefer to leave the profession they love than have the joy sapped from it by Obamacare’s oppressive, time consuming rules, regulations, and paperwork.
It’s about the people whose relationships with their doctor will be damaged, which is what Dr. Shepherd, a doctor of 20 years, fears the most.
It’s about the people who President Obama falsely led to believe that if they liked their health care plans they could keep them, like the millions of Americans who have lost their coverage because of Obamacare already, and the millions more who will lose it if Obamacare isn’t stopped.
It’s about the people in Congress who, from the beginning of this debate have been trying to treat themselves like an elite class by exempting themselves and their staffs from Obamacare.
If the Senate fails to follow suit, they will be dropping the ball in the most epic fashion, and they will be responsible for limiting our freedom and prosperity in a lasting way.
The House of Representatives deserves praise for standing up to the entrenched big-government special interests in Washington. Opponents of Obamacare – regardless of political party – must stand shoulder to shoulder. We must defeat Obamacare before it is too late, and the lawmakers in the Senate – particularly Obamacare supporters – need to check their pride at the door. It’s not too late to get it right.