Morning Action: Congress, Defund Obamacare Now
DEFUND OBAMACARE. Public opinion is adamantly against Obamacare, and momentum to stop the law from causing further damage is growing. Congress needs to defund the law now:
The movement to defund Obamacare has reached a critical moment. According to news reports, House Republicans are deciding this morning whether they will use a government funding bill to stop the unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable health care law.
With less than two weeks until the government takeover of health care, it’s time for Republicans and Democrats to put aside party politics and do right by the American people: Stop Obamacare before it’s too late.
Four new polls over the past week have confirmed mounting concerns about the law. You could lose your current health coverage, see your hours cut at work, and end up with bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor.
Here’s a sampling of where Americans stand on Obamacare:
- 68 percent are concerned about the impact on their personal health care under Obamacare (Fox News poll, September 17)
- 57 percent oppose Obamacare (CNN/ORC International survey, September 11)
- 52 percent believe Obamacare will result in their health care costs increasing (NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, September 15)
- 51 percent want Congress to cut funding for Obamacare (Rasmussen Reports, September 17)
OBAMACARE VIDEO. The Heritage Foundation interviewed Americans (view here) about Obamacare in front of the massive billboard they unveiled last week stating, “Warning, Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.”
DeMINT. Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint explains (view here) why Obamacare must be defunded now the Blaze’s ‘Wilkow.’
IST. Renewed momentum may be building for the Internet sales tax legislation (sub. req’d):
Supporters of federal Internet sales-tax legislation see new momentum for the bill, as a key committee chairman prepares to release principles for crafting the House version, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
The bill is expected to allow states to compel many online sellers around the country to collect sales tax for them. The legislation would replace a 1992 Supreme Court decision that said a state can’t force an out-of-state retailer to collect sales tax unless the retailer has a physical presence in the state, such as a store or warehouse. That ruling has led to rapid expansion of online sales that often go untaxed.
One version of the measure, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed the Senate on a lopsided vote in May. But it has gone nowhere so far in the GOP-run House, amid concerns over the possible impacts on small businesses.
Conservatives know that an Internet sales tax would harm small business and consumers and taxpayers. And 57 percent of Americans oppose the tax.
DEBT-LIMIT. President Obama is making an appeal today to business leaders to urge Congress to raise the debt limit so that the government will not default on payments as early as mid-October:
Obama is to address the Business Roundtable as part of a renewed push to focus on domestic budget and economic issues after a month dominated by foreign policy.
The U.S. Treasury is expected to exhaust measures to avoid exceeding the $16.7 trillion debt limit as soon as mid-October. If the cap is not raised, the United States will not be able to pay all of its bills and would go into default.
Obama will tell business leaders that they should pile pressure on Congress, which must vote to increase U.S. borrowing capacity, to avoid a default.
Heritage recently explained that the government will not necessarily default on payments when the Department of the Treasury stops using extraordinary measures to meet the federal government’s obligations in mid-October. The Treasury and the President have the discretion to prioritize payments and use other tools to prevent default during a debt limit impasse. They note:
However, the debt limit presents a decisive moment for Congress to take charge of the automatic entitlement spending increases that are driving the nation deeper into debt. Congress should cut discretionary spending and reform mandatory programs to put the federal budget on a path to balance before increasing the debt limit.