Memo: Republican Budgets Should Achieve Additional Conservative Gains

To:                    Interested Parties
From:              Heritage Action for America
Date:                March 16, 2015
Subject:           Republican Budgets Should Achieve Additional Conservative Gains

In 2011, the new Republican-controlled House passed a bold budget that demonstrated the party was serious about confronting the policy challenges facing our nation.  With an obstinate and obstructionist Democrat Party in control of the Senate, House Republicans used subsequent budgets to lock in and consolidate their policy gains into a coherent platform.  Empowered by a historic House majority and control of the Senate, Republicans must do more than regurgitate previous policies.

Repealing Obamacare.  Republicans owe their majorities to their unwavering opposition to Obamacare, a reality that must be reflected in the budget.  A throwaway line that the budget “repeals Obamacare in its entirety” is not enough.  The claim must be backed up by words and deeds.

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In a recent op-ed Abraham noted:

My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.

Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?

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