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Who Is Working to Stop Obamacare?

Conservatives across the country know the best means of stopping Obamacare is for Congress to refuse to spend another dime funding the law.  Take away the funds, stop the implementation.  So where do we stand on the defund effort inside the Washington Beltway?

Unfortunately, conservative leaders working to defund Obamacare are currently dealing with political gamesmanship spawning gimmicks that wouldn’t really stop the law.  It’s difficult to understand why conservatives are in this position.  Opponents of Obamacare should have rallied around the defund effort; after all, a new poll finds that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare and of President Obama’s approach to healthcare policy.

The law is unaffordable and unworkable.  In 15 days open enrollment begins for Obamacare exchanges, making the law more entrenched than ever before.  And those who think Obamacare can be fixed are completely mistaken – it must be defunded.

Fortunately, a gimmicky proposal purported to defund Obamacare without actually achieving that goal was widely rejected last week:

The rejection of [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor’s CR proposal last week was widespread throughout GOP ranks. The internal Republican opposition was both ideological and strategic — rank-and-file lawmakers thought that their leadership was giving up too easily on defunding the health care law. Cantor privately told Republicans that there were no more than 190 GOP votes for his plan, far short of the 217 votes needed to pass the legislation, according to sources involved in those talks.

One pundit supportive of the strategy explained, the plan would “simultaneously fund the government, including Obamacare, at sequester levels while also passing a separate resolution that would amend the CR to defund Obamacare.” (emphasis added)  That would have been a weak approach and would have allowed Senators supportive of Obamacare an means of funding the law.

Other lawmakers want to deal with Obamacare during the debt-ceiling fight rather than on the CR, and that debate will wage on this week.  But as some have noted, fighting Obamacare on the debt-ceiling is “far from a fireproof move.”

The best option at this point is to fund the government and defund Obamacare.  President Obama and supporters of Obamacare in the Senate need to feel real pressure from the House and from the majority of Americans who oppose Obamacare – not to be protected by some House gimmick.

When asked what President Obama would do if legislation to defund Obamacare and fund the government was presented to him for his signature, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint stated:

“I don’t know what the president would do.  But I think if the president rejects the government funding, he’s going to have a hard time making the case that somebody else shut it down.”

The House should proceed with a plan that puts the onus on Democrats and President Obama to fund the government but defund Obamacare. Fortunately, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) has introduced legislation to do just that, and 59 representatives have co-sponsored the bill at this point. A plan is on the table; the only question is whether the House will pull up a chair.

 

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25 thoughts on “Who Is Working to Stop Obamacare?

  1. Do like I did and Inform your Representatives to Defund Obamacare and do not hide it in other Resolutions or Acts, OR start ‘Packing Their Bags’. I and my associates, will work dilligently to dethrone any RINO that votes to fund Obamacare in ANY manner. DEFUND IT NOW! ~Rick Magee, FL “MOLON LABE”

  2. Boehner must GO if he refuses to fully DEFUND Obamacare. The Simple Truth is this: These RINO/Progressives simply believe that someday they’ll be back in power, and want the CONTROL over the people as much as the Progressive/Communists do! We MUST NOT allow this … our very FREEDOM is at STAKE!

  3. You just have to wonder what Obama found out when the NSA “mistakenly” hacked Washington D.C. Boehner sounded more like a Republican before that came out. Obama either bribes or threatens.

  4. Defund IRS enforced health care as this may be my last post on this subject as Facebook, Huffington Post, Aol and other liberal media websites will suspend my account as their liberal moderators do not post or like the truth. The Wolfman

  5. My republican congressman keeps telling me about repeal but does not address support for defunding (through an aide who answers the phone).
    I will continue to call him and hammer the issue.

  6. Come House of Representatives! Defund Obamacare now! What are you waiting for, an invitation? The new fiscal year starts October 1

    • Keith: the republicans are now the republicants (can’t do this, can’t do that).
      Hammer your rep and don’t let him weasel out of this vote.

  7. I called Randy Forbes (VA) office to ask if was supporting the Graves Resolution and the staffer stammered and stuttered and said he would pass along my question to the congressman. In other words: No.

    • Have you noticed that not a single Virginia Congressman has said they’d vote to defund ObamaCare? You’d think at least one would step forward. What’s going on in Virginia? Mine — Morgan Griffith told me he’d vote to defund if he got a “clean” bill that separated ObamaCare from Medicare, defunding the first and guaranteeing funding for the second, but he’s not signed on to either Congressman Graves’ or Meadows’ bills.

  8. The chances of the spineless republicans Defunding Obamacare are slim to none.
    What about the borders Republicans? The party has become a joke. A life long
    republican, has now joined the T-Party.

  9. I called congressman Pete Sessions (TX) office and could not get any encouragement on him voting with his constituents instead of D.C. insiders. Told him we would be looking for someone who would listen and that he could count on my grandchildren remembering his failure to DEFUND since the hideous OBAMACARE is already forcing me to pay retail for some of the meds I need to help regrow my ribs that cancer destroyed. They say I am too old to receive the meds!! Senior citizens will be thrown away to die instead of receiving treatment. Our grandchildren will remember.

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  11. Heritage Action member. I have been working on a health care plan for the last eight years. No plan, even the one I have developed, can be touted as being the best plan unless it has been tested in the market place. Obamacare or socialized medicine has been tested for many years in other countries and has failed or in the process of failing. Our system of healthcare has been tested for some two hundred years and has proven to be one of the best in the world. Our private system is failing for the very same reasons that socialized medicine always fails. “GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION”.
    Our private system can be fixed but a socialized system cannot because the basic philosophy of socialized medicine is flawed.

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  13. Pingback: If The GOP hates Obamacare so much, and they say now there are parts of bill “not ready” today…than please…due tell me/us what parts of that LAW douche buckets….need to be altered…come on..lay them down because ill bet

  14. AS PEOPLE, THE ONLY STRATEGY WHO WE THE PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU IS OBAMA LEAVING FROM THE OFFICE NOW. OTHER STRATEGY IS WASTING OUR TIME TO DESTROYED AMERICA. SHAME ON YOU!

  15. AS PEOPLE, IT’S TIME FOR OBAMA TO LEAVE FROM THE OFFICE. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU. OTHER STRATEGY IS WASTING TIME, HELP OBAMA, AND IS VERY DANGEROUS WAY FOR US. OTHER OPTION IS TO PLAY A HAMLET. SHAME ON YOU!

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