After a three-week campaign by establishment elites on the Sunday circuit, telling us how it is not possible to defund Obamacare, explaining to us ‘less intelligent’ tea party types, the nuances and intricacies of the legislation, we suddenly learn that you can, in fact, defund Obamacare!
Thousands of calls and emails poured in from all over America, demanding that Boehner and the House step up and take action now, to defund the Affordable Care Act, in the continuing resolution to fund the government, being sent to the Senate. Reluctant at first, it appears the Speaker is now getting the message. The people are fed up, and demand their representatives make a stand.
“Every Member in this room is for defunding Obamacare while letting the rest of the government continue to operate,” Boehner told his conference in remarks this morning. “We’re going to put Obamacare defunding directly into the CR. And then we’re going to send it over to the Senate, so our conservative allies over there can continue the fight. That’s where the fight is.”
Boehner’s words are in sharp contrast to what other republican pundits have been saying the past few weeks. Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) said, “It’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” and claimed it was “impossible as long as Obama was in the White House.” Other Senators have agreed with Burr, fearing a government shutdown will hurt the GOP in the end, and a shutdown would most likely be the result of such an action. However, the Tea Party activists have been relentless, pressuring their representatives to take this dramatic step, and make a stand on this now. It appears to have had a profound affect, at least on the House.
The Senate may be a different story, however, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been among the loudest voices arguing Republicans should not fund Obamacare through a government-funding measure. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is spearheading the effort and has rallied a number of Tea Party Republicans and members of Senate Republican leadership around the proposal. The momentum is certainly growing, and if nothing else, the decries of ‘impossibility’ are fewer and further between.
Still, Sen. Burr argues: “I think some of these guys need to understand that you shut down the federal government, you better have a specific reason to do it that’s achievable, defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government.” Well, Senator Burr, I guess you’ll have to go on record with your vote to fund Obamacare, and show the constituents of your state what you’re made of, because, like it or not, the CR is heading your way. With recent polls showing about 87% of Republicans opposing Obamacare, I certainly hope you have some other line of work in mind for your future.
This is the most important political issue of our time. Obamacare has completely destroyed the private sector job market, turning gainful full-time employment into part-time, less than 30 hours a week jobs, if there are any jobs available at all. It has skyrocketed insurance premiums across the board, and drastically gutted the policies that remain. And it hasn’t even been fully implemented yet.
Now, the naysayers will argue that Congress has already passed the funding measures for Obamacare, as a part of the ACA itself, but the fact remains, this is simply not the truth. Today’s Congress is not restricted by what a past Congress did, and funding in out years has not been appropriated. This is a matter of yearly budgeting to be done as it arises, and is not set in stone. If no funding is authorized by this Congress for fiscal year 2014, the program cannot operate. It’s as simple as that.