The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives announced a victory for the American people and the conservative movement on Wednesday when they made public their plans to hold a vote to permanently defund President Obama’s biggest mistake: The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The vote is scheduled to be held later this week and should pass with some Democrat support if the recent votes to delay the employer and individual mandates are any indication. 35 House Democrats already voted to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate and 22 voted to delay the individual mandate. Even the Democrat-supporting stalwarts at the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million union workers, have called the implementation of the law “highly disruptive” and harmful to their members. So the question is why wouldn’t some logical Congressional Democrats vote to defund the entire mess?
As the Obamacare implementation date quickly approaches, the American people are coalescing around the idea that this fatally flawed law is not at all what Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid promised. The uncertainty Obamacare is creating is wreaking havoc on the economy and jobs, and making our health care system the laughing stock of the world instead of the envy of the world, which it once was not so long ago. It’s time to junk Obamacare once and for all.
The language to defund Obamacare comes from the Cruz-Graves Defund Obamacare Act and it will be attached to the Continuing Resolution to keep all other government operations up and running. As Congressman Graves said, “Now it’s up to Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats to explain why Obamacare is too dangerous for businesses, but still being enforced on families. They must explain why special interests get waivers and companies get delays, but the average American is still hit by Obamacare’s trainwreck of fines, mandates and confusion.”
Democrat Senators up for re-election in 2014 who represent states where Obamacare is about as popular as gun control – like Mark Pryor (AR), Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Begich (AK), and Kay Hagan (NC) – should demand Obama and Reid give them the vote on this CR that the American people so desperately want.
If President Obama and Senator Reid decide to ignore the American people and force Obamacare to full implementation, there is a decent chance that after the 2014 elections Reid will be called Minority Leader and Obama’s presidency will be essentially over. Without control of the U.S. Senate, the liberal spend-athon will come to an end, the radical judicial nominees will be stopped, and President Obama will be left wondering why he just didn’t listen to the American people for once.