Update One: What You Need to Know About Defunding Obamacare Now
As conservatives we are the first to explain that Obamacare is a failure. But we’re not the only ones who know this. Most Americans – regardless of occupation, political affiliation, ideology, or demographic background – don’t want Obamacare. More and more Democrats feel the same way. That’s why for the next couple months, we are going to push the Washington Establishment to get on the same page as the rest of America. Our specific task is to get Congress to understand that they must – must – defund Obamacare on the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government.
Yes, the Washington Establishment is going to whine and complain and throw a tantrum, falsely claiming that the sky is going to fall if Conservatives move forward with this strategy. The sky won’t fall, but we do take it as a complement that they’re complaining. They know as well as we do that it’s an effective strategy for stopping Obamacare. In fact, at the current time, it is the most viable strategy.
Our political director Russ Vought has provided an excellent explanation of the technical means of defunding Obamacare as well as why it’s the best political and strategic tool for Congress to use.
Where do conservatives currently stand on this process?
We are 64 days away from open enrollment in Obamacare’s new entitlements – the federally subsidized exchanges and the Medicaid expansion – which begin on October 1, 2013. With this will come a whole new dependent class that will make the disastrous law harder to repeal.
Recall that funding for the government ends September 30, 2013, at which point Congress will need to pass a bill, likely a continuing resolution or CR, to fund the government. This is the leverage conservatives must use. The House has voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety three times. They know what America wants, but now they need to deliver. The Constitution grants them the “power of the purse.” If they choose to defund Obamacare on the coming CR, the federal government cannot lift a finger to implement the law.
Let’s not forget the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), too. The IRS plays a critical role in Obamacare, from issuing subsidies to verifying that individuals are enrolled in government-approved health insurance – but after their indefensible targeting of conservative groups, no one trusts them to do their part fairly.
Congress can fund the government without funding Obamacare! If President Obama and the Senate refuse this offer, they will be the ones shutting down the government just to save a very unpopular law.
We must fight right now if we want a victory for the American people.