With a chance to defund it, conservatives in the U.S. Senate have put their colleagues on notice that it is time to stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the job-killing Obamacare law.
As Senator Mike Lee of Utah said Tuesday on the Senate floor: “Defund it, or you own it. If you fund it, you’re for it.”
Lee is right and has been joined by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and others in spearheading an effort to defund Obamacare by pledging to oppose any bill which contains funding for Obamacare. This is especially important in the upcoming continuing resolution budget votes, which is why the Washington establishment is unhappy with them.
So far, the House of Representatives has voted 39 times to repeal the law. The most recent delay bill resulted in 22 House Democrats joining Republicans in defying the President. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called these surprising votes “the beginning of the end” for the unworkable healthcare law.
The reason why defunding is possible is Congress has the power of the purse, in both discretionary and mandatory matters. No spending is ever truly on “auto-pilot” as Congress can, through the amendment process, stop spending as it sees fit. As Obamacare has already blown through its initial implication funding, according to the Congressional Research Service, “administrative costs will have to be funded through the annual discretionary appropriations.”
This need for more funding of Obamacare is why President Obama has been making public appearances and directing millions of taxpayer dollars in slick campaign ads for the law. He is trying to make you happy about being forced to purchase insurance through a private insurance company. And Obamacare is doing this while simultaneously delaying the mandate for employers by a year, as Obama is apparently only listening to those who can afford the most expensive lobbyists.
The concern from Washington-Insiders, is that in the process of rejecting Continuing Resolutions, the government will shut down. This is completely false, and would result in Republicans giving up before even having the fight. Instead, what Senator Lee is suggesting is Congress fund all aspects of government, except for Obamacare. Everything in the budget is negotiable, but Obamacare would become a line in the sand Republicans will not cross. This puts Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats in the uncomfortable position if he opposed funding all other areas of government in defense of the unpopular healthcare law. Doing so would be unreasonable, and would likely cost elections for vulnerable Democrats.
Republicans who vote to fund Obamacare are writing the script for their primary challengers. The GOP is supposed to be the opposition party of fiscal responsibility and individual liberty. With this effort, they now have a chance to prove it.
To show your support, you can visit Senator Lee’s official website and sign the petition to defund Obamacare.