UpChuck Schumer contends that Republicans are holding the American people hostage with their threats to de-fund ObamaCare, except that it is ObamaCare itself that has taken the country hostage. This legislative train wreck did not receive a single Republican vote when it was “passed” by the Democrat dominated congress during Obama’s first term in office. ObamaCare is not even fully deployed and it is destroying jobs by the thousands, inflating the cost of healthcare insurance and the cost of medical procedures. This disaster royal was the invention of the Progressive Left (Socialist Democrats) and yet it is, according to Democrats, ALL the fault of Republicans!
However, conservatives can’t seem to convince the ruling class Republican leadership, boneless Johnny Boehner, to bring the de-funding of ObamaCare to a vote on the floor of the House! This is causing a level of frustration that, in addition to all of Obama’s other “phony scandals,” is wearing thin on almost every American that is paying attention.
Sen. Lee: Obamacare Provisions ‘Morally Unacceptable’
If ObamaCare is such a damn good thing, then WHY is Obama handing out exemptions to it like candy?
OTJ: Sen. Lee on Obamacare
Boehner is in charge of the purse strings—just pull the plug on this economic calamity NOW!
From the Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell:
One of the disillusioning facts about Washington is that Congress can vote on something and that vote won’t mean a thing.
It would seem that a congressional vote should be a meaningful occasion, with Members weighing the costs and benefits of voting for the particular measure at hand. Unfortunately, political gamesmanship often leads them to create voting opportunities that have no real impact, but will allow them to tell constituents, “I voted for this” or “I voted against that.”
The House of Representatives was heading in that direction—considering a proposal that purported to defund Obamacare but wouldn’t actually achieve that goal. This is what voters have come to expect from Capitol Hill and why Congress has such low standing with the American people.
Heritage President Jim DeMint called for an end to these “pretend votes” and “gimmicks.”
We don’t need empty show votes to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes; we need our elected representatives to fight for the American people.
Thankfully, there are other alternatives to defund Obamacare and fund the government, including a proposal introduced yesterday by Representative Tom Graves (R-GA) and 42 of his colleagues. This approach will force lawmakers to have a real debate and make the tough choices when they vote—so that their votes will mean something.
Time is of the essence to defund Obamacare. We’re just 17 days out from Obamacare’s insurance exchanges opening and the overhaul of our health care system taking root.
President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he’s taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own.
Public support for Obamacare has dropped below 40 percent. It’s unfair, unworkable, and unaffordable. You could lose your current health coverage, see your hours cut at work, and end up with bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor.
Congress should take its responsibility seriously and defund Obamacare now.