Driving the Day: Blocking Obamacare
As Obamacare turns 1, liberals are scurrying to mount a defense of a law that the American people have never embraced. Despite all the claims, we now know that Obamacare will increase health care costs, decrease choice, raise taxes and add to our national debt. However, Obamacare has been lost in the spending shuffle in recent weeks.
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) reignited the debate yesterday, via Roll Call:
Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint said he expects GOP leaders to stand firm on defunding the health care law as the House and Senate negotiate a continuing resolution that would cover the remainder of the fiscal year, even if Democrats vow not to support it and a partial shutdown ensues.
“I think you’ll see in the permanent CR for the balance of the year that Republican leaders will hold firm on no funding for Obamacare,” the South Carolina Republican said. “We haven’t won the battle obviously, and as long as it’s law, we’re playing on his turf.”
DeMint said a shutdown threat, which he dismissed as a “slowdown,” shouldn’t deter the GOP.
“My opinion is that we should not be so afraid of a government slowdown that we vote for bad policy or too much spending, so that’s a decision everybody’s going to have to make in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
Kudos to Senator DeMint!
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) added that if the President threatens to veto a bill that funds the government and defunds Obamacare “then he shuts down the government.” Senator Cornyn asks, “Do you think the president would really do that? The president would have to be pretty brazen to do that in a fit of pique.”
It’s hard to tell what the President will do, but to find out, we need Republicans in Congress to stand firm on defunding.