“When I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.”
That was President Barack Obama’s hope five years ago when he signed Obamacare into law. His claim was not without historical precedent, as Social Security, Medicare and even Medicaid were swiftly accepted by Republicans. And to be fair, some leading Republicans even said full repeal of Obamacare was “frankly a distraction.”
Fortunately, conservatives all around the country and conservative leaders in Congress refused to accept “no repeal” as the Republican Party’s position. Five years later, Obamacare’s grip on our economy and health care choices has hardened, but it has not calcified. The Associated Press casually noted “permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question” to this day.
The law’s future remains uncertain because full repeal has become the Republican Party’s position – a position that delivered a historic majority in the House and the first Senate majority in nearly a decade. Now it is time for those majorities to continue the fight against Obamacare by sending a bill to repeal all of Obamacare to the President’s desk.
Doing so will send a signal to everyone – hospitals, insurance companies, politicians, lobbyists and voters – that Obamacare will be repealed in 2017 if Republicans hold the House and Senate and win the White House next year.
Obama’s signature achievement, a policy that has hurt millions of Americans, could be wiped from the books in less than two years. To accomplish that though, Republicans in Congress must begin leading.
When it comes to Obamacare, “Congress’s role is minuscule,” explained National Journal. In the mind of many in Washington, the election settled the debate and the “repeal efforts were over.” Although the politics in Washington may have swiftly shifted, polling has remained remarkably static, with most voters still expressing serious reservations over the law.
This week, the House will debate a government funding bill that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) told Roll Call “can pass both bodies.” In fact, a separate Roll Call piece explains Senate Democrats are not prepared to risk a shutdown fight over the sequester-induced funding levels. Neither is President Obama. Rogers continued: “We’ve got to keep it fair and noncontroversial, and I think it is a fair non-political funding of the government.”
Eliminating controversy, in Washington-speak, means avoiding things like Obamacare, religious liberty, or even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Many conservatives recognize time is running short to delay the implementation of Obamacare:
On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges. On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America. The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing.
Obamacare will force millions of Americans out of their existing plans; in fact, it is already happening. Republicans in Congress, many who were elected in 2010 and 2012 based on their opposition to Obamacare, must defund Obamacare before it is too late.
The path to balance is not paved with Obamacare. If lawmakers do not believe the forthcoming continuing resolution (CR) is “the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare,” they must put forth a real alternative to stopping the law’s implementation. Standing idle when action is needed is not leadership.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on the Repeal of Obamacare Act, which as the name implies repealed President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare in its entirety. Due to the exorbitant costs, mandates, taxes and infringements on freedom, Obamacare has become toxic for the country and the American people. The key vote is listed below, along with a breakdown of how Republicans and Democrats voted.
Later today, the House will vote to repeal the disastrous government takeover of healthcare that is Obamacare. The Repeal of Obamacare Act, as it is so aptly named, would repeal the exorbitant costs, mandates, taxes and infringements on freedom associated with the law.
Every year, Congress passes thousands of bills – most of which you’ll never hear about (commemorative coins, anyone?). The American people – by no fault of their own – are only privy to the major votes (debt limit increases, budgets, and massively transformational legislation like Obamacare) and political gimmicks (the student loan bill, Violence Against Women Act, and the payroll tax cut extension).
But some of these bills really mean something.
It’s time, once again, to take action to repeal Obamacare. Read more about the importance of this upcoming House vote in our key vote alert.
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