The Continuing Resolution, Pivotal for Obamacare’s Fate
In just 21 days, the Obamacare exchanges are scheduled to open, and as Heritage recently noted, Obamacare is nowhere near ready for show time. The law has not even been fully implemented, and there are myriad ways it has already failed.
The House of Representatives is currently working on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. It is unclear whether they will choose to include the defunding Obamacare on the CR, but if they are serious about stopping the law, they must.
On Tuesday, House Republican leaders will meet with their members to propose what The Hill describes as a “complex procedural tactic.”
Under the plan, the House would vote on a “clean” continuing resolution that includes a separate House concurrent resolution defunding the Affordable Care Act, according to a Republican leadership aide. The rule governing debate on the bill would state that the House clerk could not send the spending bill over to the Senate until the Senate votes up or down on the resolution withholding funds from the healthcare law.
If the Senate were to vote down the healthcare resolution, as expected, the CR would move to the upper chamber and could be passed and signed by President Obama without returning to the House.
Politico accurately described this as a “legislative gambit.” But the conservative position on stopping Obamacare is clear: Congress, which has the power of the purse, should use the next CR or another must-pass spending bill to defund Obamacare entirely and fund the government.
The administration has not come to terms with Obamacare’s failure, but Congress must, for the sake of all Americans. Taxpayers should not be forced to spend another dime on Obamacare.
According to some reports, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has not committed to using the CR to fight on Obamacare, but neither has he explicitly ruled it out. But now is not the time for passivity; now is the time for lawmakers to take a strong stand against this unworkable law.
The strongest, most effective, most timely action is to defund Obamacare before October 1 so that it cannot become more entrenched. Anything less is reckless because anything less means Congress is standing idly by as America’s freedom is diminished and the quality of healthcare in America destroyed.