“By asserting a sweeping expansion of presidential powers and ignoring the will of the American people, Barack Obama is precipitating a crisis. Inaction is not an acceptable response. Congress can retain its constitutional authority and fight for hardworking Americans all across the country by denying funding and resources for such a program. Anything less will amount to a blank check for Obama’s unlawful amnesty program.”
To the House and Senate Republican Leadership:
We the undersigned organizations urge you to clarify language in the upcoming appropriations bill to prevent federal dollars from going to bail out insurance companies participating in Obamacare. This request is based on new information regarding the risk corridor program created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as “Obamacare”).
As you know, Obamacare creates government-run exchanges throughout the country through which individuals can purchase health insurance. As part of their effort to encourage insurance companies to participate in the exchanges, Obamacare included a “risk corridor” program (Section 1342 of PPACA). The risk corridor program is intended to collect money from insurers that do especially well in the exchanges and remit that money to insurers that experience losses in the exchanges.
“The conversation in Washington today is disconnected from the message delivered by voters just ten days ago. President Obama’s amnesty policy was on the ballot and it was thoroughly rejected. Unless Congress preempts or blocks the President’s promised executive action, a long-term funding bill is little more than a blank check for amnesty.”
November 5, 2014
Election 2014: A Conservative Victory
The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on.
- Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran on the full repeal of Obamacare. In most competitive races it was the top issue. Over 40,000 ads against Obamacare were run on behalf of winning candidates. The Republican House and Senate must now keep those campaign promises and use reconciliation to send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President.
- All but one of the newly elected Republican Senators ran a strong campaign in favor of securing the border and opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
- Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran in support of an agenda for hard-working middle class Americans that reduces spending, lowers taxes, and balances the budget-not in support of corporate welfare, bloated government spending bills, and endless debt-ceiling increases.
- Far from downplaying social issues, every newly elected Republican Senator is pro-life and supports legislation that would protect unborn life after five months of pregnancy. The liberal candidates who painted pro-life candidates as engaged in a “War on Women” were routinely criticized and defeated.
Simply put, successful candidates ran as conservatives and won.
Oppose a Lame Duck Surrender
“Voters delivered a powerful message tonight. Just like the House majority four years earlier, the new Senate Republican majority is built on the repeal of Obamacare. And in a stark departure from conventional wisdom, nearly every newly elected Republican Senator ran against amnesty. As we move forward, Republicans must govern as they campaigned. They must also put forward an agenda that promotes opportunity for all and favoritism to none.”