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Morning Action: Conservatives Won’t Stop Fighting Obamacare

DEMINT ON OBAMACARE. Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint says in a Wall Street Journal piece that the fight on Obamacare is not over because the law continues to harm Americans:

Now that the government shutdown has ended and the president has preservedObamaCare for the time being, it’s worth explaining why my organization, the Heritage Foundation, and other conservatives chose this moment to fight—and why we will continue to fight. The reason is simple: to protect the American people from the harmful effects of this law.

I spent a good part of my summer traveling around the country with the Heritage Foundation’s sister organization, Heritage Action, and I heard firsthand from many Americans being harmed by ObamaCare. More and more people have had their work hours cut, their jobs eliminated and their coverage taken away as a result of this new law.

Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics. If the Republicans had not fought on ObamaCare, the compromise would have been over the budget sequester. Instead, they have retained the sequester and for the past three months ObamaCare and its failings have been front and center in the national debate. Its disastrous launch was spotlighted by our defund struggle, not overshadowed, as some contend. With a revived and engaged electorate, ObamaCare will now be the issue for the next few years.

These are the reasons we fought so hard to get Washington to listen to the American people and take action to stop ObamaCare, and it is why so many are thankful for the courageous leadership of people like Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and conservatives in the House of Representatives. The law is economically unstable, financially irresponsible and harmful to hardworking Americans.

DEBT LIMIT INCREASE.  The Bipartisan Policy Center has found the budget agreement reached by Congress and the President will increase the debt limit by $600 billion:

As part of the agreement to reopen the government, Congress passed the “Default Prevention Act,” which empowers the president to suspend the debt limit until February 8, 2014. To do so, the president must send a written certification to Congress that the Treasury will be unable to issue debt meeting commitments absent a suspension of the debt limit. While the legislation includes an opportunity for Congress to disapprove and cancel the debt limit suspension, this would require a supermajority vote that is unlikely to be achieved.

Absent Congress disapproving this certification, on February 8, the debt limit would be reinstated at a new, higher level. BPC estimates that the new debt limit on February 8 would be about $17.3 trillion, roughly $600 billion higher than the previous limit. At that point, Treasury would be able to use extraordinary measures to continue to meet federal government financial obligations, although those measures would not last as long as they did in this most recent Debt Issuance Suspension Period, which covered nearly five months.

OBAMA’S PRIORITIES. President Obama has indicated that he wants to make immigration, the farm bill, and the budget his priorities in the coming months.  However, Heritage explains that the plans he has to deal with these issues would be harmful to the top priority of most Americans – the economy. Heritage notes:

Americans care about the economy. They care about finding work and making ends meet. None of the President’s policies helps them. This is not how Washington can earn back trust.

Read more to find out how Mr. Obama’s policy ideas would harm the economy.

IMPERILED HEALTH CARE LAW.  Even the Huffington Post notes how harmful the failed Obamacare rollout is for the success of the law:

A broken website imperils the largest expansion of the American safety net since the Great Society.

More than two weeks into the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website created by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law still isn’t working right.

Time remains for these problems to be resolved, but not much. “If things aren’t resolved in three weeks, we’ve got some serious, serious problems,” said Timothy Jost, a law professor and health care reform expert at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and an Obamacare supporter. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to there yet, but if the whole thing collapses, it’ll be another generation before we get this problem fixed.”

failure of this magnitude woulddiscredit a core premise of this presidency, that government can do big things to improve Americans’ lives.

Although there are signs of incremental improvement, HealthCare.gov is unable to reliably allow consumers to create accounts, verify their identifies, apply for tax credits available to low- and middle-income people or shop for health insurance plans.Insurers are receiving bad enrollment data and states are reporting difficulties in accessing the federal system.

Of course, conservatives do not believe that a government takeover of health care is good for America.  Even if the website’s issues are one day resolved, the law will continue to harm the quality of health care.  That’s why it must be stopped.

FARM BILL.  The Heritage Foundation responds to President Obama’s remark that he will push to get the farm bill enacted by the end of the year:

Sound agriculture and food stamp policy should be the goal, not getting a farm bill done at all costs based on an artificial timeline. The House and Senate are going to conference on their flawed farm bills, making it unlikely that good policy will come out. It would be better to have an extension than to lock in five years of bad policy.

Good policy would free farmers and ranchers from government intervention and recognize that the agriculture sector is a prosperous and innovative sector of the economy. Food stamps would promote self-sufficiency by requiring work for able-bodied adults.

President Obama is absolutely right, though, when he also said policymakers should focus on the American people when it comes to the farm bill.

A farm bill should serve the interests of the American people. This first starts with taking politics out of the bill. By separating out food stamps from the agriculture programs, these critical issues could be considered on their own merits.  

 

Please Share Your Thoughts

10 thoughts on “Morning Action: Conservatives Won’t Stop Fighting Obamacare

  1. I don’t think you get how Obamacare works. I fear Heritage Action, the Tea Party and others failure to grasp the concepts at play will result in years of inadequate and/or overly expensive health care in the US.

    I’ll quote one of the Tea Party’s favorite market economists, Friedrich von Hayek. If you actually read his books, you find that he is not so much against central planning as he is in favor of market based competition, which often is eliminated by central planners.

    “The preservation of competition,” Hayek writes, is not “incompatible with an extensive system of social services — so long as the organization of these services is not designed in such a way as to make competition ineffective over wide fields.”

    “There is no reason why, in a society which has reached the general level of wealth ours has, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all without endangering general freedom; that is: some minimum of food, shelter and clothing, sufficient to preserve health. Nor is there any reason why the state should not help to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance in providing for those common hazards of life against which few can make adequate provision.”

    This means the proper pro-market position in Hayek’s view is one that accommodates both private insurance as well as a public insurer to guarantee access for all. Obamacare/ACA, if anything, doesn’t go far enough in allowing for a public option. By equating Obamacare’s egalitarian concerns with central planning and single provider models, I think you’re doing us a disservice and in a way making a single payer model the most likely inevitable outcome.

    • Obamacare has taken away my freedom of choice by forcing me to get healthcare me and my husband don’t need.
      Has taken away my moms ability to keep her insurance because now to get the same level of coverage she must pay much more as to pick up the slack of the poor – aka her hard earned money is going to other people while simultaneously taking away her own coverage, and obamacare has taken away peoples right to the first amendment by forcing all obamacare insurances (thus forcing Americans since we all have to get it) to pay for abortions, abortion inducing drugs, homosexual fertility treatments, and sex change surgery. that goes against Christian and catholic religion in every way, and many other peoples beliefs. Beliefs that we overthrew King George for taking away from us and now people are willingly handing them back over to Obama. Obamacare is bad, it takes away peoples coverage, their freedom of choice, and even their freedom of religion. It does NOT belong in America. China maybe, but not America.

    • also single payer would cripple the country as well because it would resemble obamacare and everyone knows. also other countries doing the same aren’t doing so well. healthcare should stay as it is

      • I am against a single payer model because it doesn’t allow for competition. This is Hayek’s position as well. Austria practices a system whereby citizens are enrolled in provincial insurance firms by default. The equivalent of about $77.00 per month is withdrawn from each monthly paycheck to cover the premiums for a person with a full capacity to pay. Those with no or lesser capacity can have their rate reduced. There are no copays. Those who wish to not participate in the provincial insurance providers can instead find an insurer on the private market. After showing they have insurance, the automatic withdraws to the province insurance company stop. This has the advantage of making sure everyone has insurance while at the same time allowing for competition from private insurers. Should the provincial insurers run into the issue of bureaucratic glut and provide unsatisfactory service, citizens will opt out and private industry will boom. Doctors maintain the independence and can accept payment from whatever insurance providers they wish.

        I am troubled that you believe the US system works better. It does not. It is too expensive and produces poor results. Americans spend about 17% of GDP on health care. Austrians spend about 9%. Austrians live longer, have a higher quality of life, less crime, far less violent crime, less obesity despite a very unhealthy traditional diet of pork, potatoes, and cake.

        • And I agree that the Austrian system is better but you said that Obama Care isn’t going far enough when its going way too far. The Austrian system I especially like because you still maintain freedom of choice and if you don’t like the government plan then you don’t have to be under their thumb. One thing I dislike is people still don’t have the choice of care or no care but that’s more of an issue in america then there it seems because of costs. My point, because I think we missed each others, is that Obama Care and what it entails and is causing is bad. Especially if things went to single payer under the ACA. But if it was the same freedom that people have now with healthcare (to choose what coverage you want, when you want it, how much it you want, etc.) And add that everyone CAN (not forced, just no one turned away.) Under an affordable amount that doesn’t make those of us with.insurance pay more for less coverage to pay for slackers, etc. then it sounds like a good idea. America is very corrupt government wise so what is doing well in Austria would still have to be tweaked to be brought here and run correctly/constitutionally. So your point I agree with, that seems like a better system (if slightly tweaked in some places so America doesn’t turn it to crap

          • ) but again its the ACA/Obama Care that is very very bad and Obama went way too far with this. Your system idea, great, I was just explaining how Obama Care definitely isn’t.

          • And not to nag but Austria isn’t completely single payer like UK n such where the government controls it all. Your model is different, and better.

          • “The Austrian system I especially like because you still maintain freedom
            of choice and if you don’t like the government plan then you don’t have
            to be under their thumb.” You don’t have to be under a government plan under the ACA. In fact, if you are a working adult as I am, you likely can’t be under a government plan. I am forced to choose between private insurers who are all trying to rip me off. “Especially if things went to single payer under the ACA.” No on is proposing a single payer model in the US, which I agree, is not optimal. In Austria, since everyone must have insurance and if they don’t buy their own, the government signs them up for a provincial insurance and bills them those who cannot pay get subsidized by the taxpayers. In Austria, I know for near certainty that the lazy man on the bench is getting health care paid by me. It sounds strange, but I prefer this to the same situation in the US, where the guy probably doesn’t have insurance, will get sick, and then go to the emergency room at a higher cost. At least in Austria I know I am getting a decent value for paying for his health care.

          • I wrote Obama Care is bad, you brought up the Austrian system. I say that’s great for them but in the hands of our government it would be awful and you reply as if I said the US will turn into the system or a mesh but that’s not what I said. I feel you’re getting somewhat off topic…. The ACA forces you to go through the government because they control it all with everything under their thumb, all the way down to the doctors that now have to lower costs on enough things that some are going out of business. Then when it goes to single payer it’ll get worse, and proposal or not you know that’s where we’re steadily heading.

  2. Dont sick the Death Panels on the disabled and Greatest Generation.
    Palin was absolutely Right. No wonder the Slime went after her with such a vengeance. She exposed them as proponents of Euthanasia to eliminate all opposition.

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