Key Vote: “NO” on Senate-Negotiated Spending and Debt Deal
Tonight, the House and Senate are likely to vote on a plan that would extend government funding to January 15 and the debt ceiling through February 7, and advance a formal budget conference in exchange for reaffirming Obamacare’s income verification requirements. Unfortunately, the proposed deal will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s massive new entitlements from taking root — radically changing the nature of American health care.
Despite some language addressing the Obama administration’s willful disregard for Obamacare’s income verification requirements, the proposed plan will do absolutely nothing to help Americans who are negatively impacted by Obamacare. Premiums will continue to skyrocket, cancellation notices will still arrive in the mail, employers will continue reducing hours and bureaucrats will continue reaching deeper and deeper into our health care decisions.
Moreover, on January 1, 2014, Obamacare’s new entitlements are scheduled to take effect. The taxpayers will spend $48 billion in 2014 – and nearly $1.8 trillion through 2023 – on these new entitlement programs. Additionally, health insurance premiums are skyrocketing across America, and employers are shedding jobs and hours. The majority of the American people oppose Obamacare. Even many on the Left – including some powerful unions who were once the law’s strongest supporters – have conceded that it is a train wreck.
In 2009, President Obama boldly declared “for those who have insurance now, nothing will change.” For far too many Americans though, it is painfully clear the law has changed everything. These Americans are clamoring for a way out of Obamacare, not another Washington-style punt.
Heritage Action opposes the Senate-negotiated proposal and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard.