Heritage Action is committed to the full repeal of Obamacare. We are relentlessy bringing attention to Obamacare provisions that Americans need to know about – provisions that will hurt our economy by exploding our debt and costing jobs. Although full repeal is unlikely before 2013, there is much work to be done. Heritage Action is working closely with conservative members of Congress to ensure the repeal drumbeat continues. From hearings and oversight to defunding and legal battles, there is much work to be done.
One of the so-called “popular” provisions in Obamacare is the “slacker” mandate, which allows adult “children” to stay on their parent’s health insurance plans until the age of 26. While many describe this provision as popular, it is far from good policy. The reason is that allowing working-age Americans to stay on their parents’ plan increases insurance premiums and gives them the option of turning down their own employer-sponsored insurance.
Both scenarios are already playing out.
The Obama Administration expected that the slacker provision would “only” raise health insurance premiums by 1%. However, experts believe that increase will be higher. And Americans have already seen their premiums increase while their benefits have been reduced.
In March of 2010, the misleadingly titled Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, passed Congress. At the time, Congressman Larry Kissell (D-NC) voted against the bill. Unfortunately, to this day, he has not supported fully repealing the bill despite having multiple opportunities to do so, even as he tries to appease his conservative-leaning district by claiming he will nowvote to fully repeal the law:
“‘I’ve heard from hundreds and hundreds of people from my district about their opposition to the health care law,’ Kissell told the Observer Monday. ‘I voted against it originally and I will vote to repeal it.’
On Thursday, after the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, Heritage Action released a statement from CEO Michael A. Needham, which said, in part:
“America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system. Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.”
A few hours later, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) spoke at The Heritage Foundation and struck a similar tone, calling for the American people to perform the ultimate check on this law by ensuring we elect those in November who will repeal this law in its entirety:
This past week was a pivotal one for all of America. The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax sent shockwaves across the country. Heritage Action released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:
“America’s system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare system. Although the Court failed to provide a much-needed check on federal power, we have every bit of confidence the American people and their elected representatives will.
“Indeed, since the debate began in August 2009, Americans have vocally opposed President Obama’s approach to health care, which remains unaffordable and irresponsible. As such, Congress must repeal the law in its entirety.”
This statement was cross-posted on Rip & Reader, and Heritage Action was mentioned in the following articles based on our response to the decision:
Time and time again, we have seen Heritage Action’s merchandise (our Repeal Obamacare bumper stickers and buttons) presented as the “swag” of the Obamacare repeal effort. After the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to uphold the individual mandate as a tax, this photo was taken for USA Today to show the opposition to the law. Previously, such photos of our Repeal merchandise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Thanks to a strong grassroots effort and the work of conservatives across the country pushing the message, we are all united behind full repeal of Obamacare.