House Republicans renewed their long-standing effort to overturn the 2010 health care overhaul, passing a bill Thursday to repeal the law in its entirety.
The legislation, sponsored by Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, is the first such effort in the current Congress. The bill marks the GOP’s third attempt to fully repeal the law (PL 111-148,PL 111-152) since taking control of the House in 2011 — none of the attempts advanced in the Democratic Senate. In total, Republicans have voted to undo the law, or parts of it, more than 35 times, with the last vote for a total repeal in July 2012 as a symbolic gesture following the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold the law.
The bill passed Thursday comes more than three weeks after House GOP leadership unexpectedly pulled from floor consideration a measure (HR 1549) that would have extended enrollment in the high-risk pools by transferring money from another part of the law. Several conservative groups, like Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth, blasted the bill for attempting to fix the law and encouraged the House to vote on a full repeal.
That’s why Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced a bill called the Preventing an Unrealistic Future Medicaid Augmentation Plan (FMAP) Act of 2013 (S. 963). The bill would repeal FMAP so that the states are no longer falsely led to believe that federal funding will ever come through for the Medicaid expansion.
Sen. Coburn’s message to the states was:
This bill sends a basic message to governors and state legislatures considering expansion: don’t count on the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansions, because Congress has overpromised what it cannot deliver. Realistically, the funding will not be there and the check will bounce
Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants who were born alive after botched abortions performed in his run-down West Philadelphia clinic. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died from an overdose of anesthetic drugs during an abortion procedure.
The jury’s deliberations came after six weeks of harrowing testimony detailing the brutal deaths of newborns and unthinkable mistreatment of women. The gruesome murder of moving, breathing infants after botched abortions allegedly became a regular occurrence at the filthy West Philadelphia facility, with one clinic worker estimating nearly 100 living babies were killed shortly after birth.
For someone running—or thinking about starting—a small online business, trying to deal with tax codes for all of the states that charge sales tax is a huge deterrent.
Yet the Senate rushed this bill through. Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist said the rush itself was one of the reasons the Internet sales tax made it this far.
“It’s only passing the Senate because they took it out of regular order,” he said. “Why did they want to rush it through without amendments? Why did they do that? Because if people looked at it too long, it wouldn’t pass easily.”
The House is going to consider the bill through the normal committee channels, giving Members more time to review it and ask questions.
This also allows time for more facts to enter the debate and misconceptions to be exposed.
There are two steps that conservatives can take to prevent the implementation of the Obamacare. Robbins explains:
Conservatives can battle this implementation of Obamacare on two fronts: 1) showing the federal government cannot be relied upon to provide the funding for states to cover this massive expansion of government health care; and 2) explaining that Medicaid does not work.
What is alarming is that in the state of Montana, special interest groups are going to great lengths to get federal money. Their wishful thinking leads them to believe the feds are going to keep their promises.