DEFUND OBAMACARE ... or ELSE!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
A big, nasty, battle is coming up. It will involve republicans against democrats and republicans against republicans.
We are coming hard up against either stopping Obamacare or having it as a part of US law for, well, FOREVER!
Ronald Reagan once said: "The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."
How right he was! (In more ways than one!)
Once Obamacare is up and running, full time, it will NEVER BE CUT from the Law Books of the nation. Never.
federal program ever gets eliminated once it is put into place. NO
federal program ever suffers an absolute real cut from this year's
levels because of baseline budgeting (which always projects an overall
increase of at least the expected inflation rate plus 1%-2% in future
overall growth in federal spending)." SOURCE: http://www.telemachusleaps.com/2012/09/the-nearest-thing-to-eternal-life-on.html
soon as our national lawmakers return to Washington, after their August
recess, they will begin the debate over funding the government, keeping
it open and operational.
The debate will provide an opportunity to defund Obamacare -- and kill it, or do nothing and have it kill the US.
you are a regular reader of this scribe's rants then you know I have
been against Obamacare long before it was ever introduced into a
congressional hopper as a bill. If it is possible, I am even MORE against it today.
Anything that has to do with socialism is anathema to me. And Obamacare is nothing more than socialized medicine which will destroy this country.
Ted Cruz, a republican from Texas, is urging conservatives to join a
petition drive to defund Obamacare, calling it the last chance to stop
the national health-care plan before it goes into effect on January 1st
of next year.
Here's what Senator Cruz said recently: “On
Jan. 1, the exchanges kick in and the subsidies kick in. Once those
kick in, it’s going to prove almost impossible to undo Obamacare. The
administration’s plan is very simple: Get everyone addicted to the sugar
so that Obamacare remains a permanent feature of our society.” SOURCE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/27/sen-cruz-defund-obamacare-americans-become-addicte/#ixzz2aLljI94H
In the same speech, Senator Cruz went on to say: “Right
now we don’t have the votes. Right now we’re not even close. There’s
only one way we’re going to get 41 Republicans in the Senate and 218
Republicans in the House of Representatives, which is if they hear from
the American people in overwhelming numbers.” SOURCE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/27/sen-cruz-defund-obamacare-americans-become-addicte/#ixzz2aLmeKplR
Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded and running is
scheduled to be voted on in September. The debate on it will begin next
month when the August recess is over.
"Utah Senator Mike
Lee along with Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky are
currently trying to lead the effort to defund Obamacare in the upcoming
Continuing Resolution by vowing not to vote for any CR or appropriations
bill that provides funding for the much hated Obamacare. There are
roughly a dozen Republican Senators and more than 60 members of the
House who have signed on to the idea of not funding Obamacare in the
Continuing Resolution scheduled to be voted on in September. They are
willing to fully fund the rest of the federal government, just not
Obamacare." SOURCE: http://www.redstate.com/ulyssesarn/2013/07/27/effort-to-defund-obamacare-is-separating-the-leaders-from-the-cream-puffs-in-the-gop-ranks/
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr who called the defunding of Obamacare effort, “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” last week.
The Hill has more:
think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” Burr told journalist Todd
Zwilich on Thursday. “Listen, as long as Barack Obama is president the
Affordable Care Act is gonna be law.
“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,” Burr continued.
“Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting
down the federal government.” SOURCE: http://www.redstate.com/ulyssesarn/2013/07/27/effort-to-defund-obamacare-is-separating-the-leaders-from-the-cream-puffs-in-the-gop-ranks/
You can easily see the politicos are much more concerned about saving their own backsides than in saving the country. Their
political careers and the health of their political party is far more
important to them than the welfare of the nation and its people.
We can all see now that when saving the country actually MIGHT cost them something, they shrink away from their duty. (I have already alerted my republican senator that he no longer has my support.)
We need to watch the upcoming debate closely and, in my opinion, we need to "primary" any republican who fails to back defunding Obamacare in the CR debate over the next few weeks.
If they are NOT going to represent us, then we need to get them the
heck out of Washington before they can do anymore damage -- or -- allow
any more damage to be done. It is past time to be rid of these feckless empty suits strutting the halls of Congress.
© J. D. Longstreet