With the August recess about halfway over, Members will soon return to the halls of Congress for heated debates about budget and spending issues. The Continuing Resolution, which currently funds the federal government expires on September 30th, and in it resides the funding for Obamacare. Or not. A huge decision is before the American people and their elected representatives: Will we decide to stop the train before the epic wreck that lies ahead, or will Washington once again go along with the failed strategy of business as usual?
Before I begin, let me just say that the only reason we have to deal with these Continuing Resolutions is because President Obama and Congress can’t get their basic budget and appropriations work done in a timely manner. So to be clear, this coming debate will be about a dysfunctional law conducted by a dysfunctional federal government.
This unworkable health care law is already wreaking havoc on the economy, which is by design. It’s becoming clear that as insurance premiums continue to skyrocket and bureaucratic rationing of health services becomes commonplace, the answer, as long as Democrats are largely in control, will not involve free-market solutions, such as the ability to buy insurance across state lines, portable coverage, high-risk pools, and price transparency. Instead, the answer for liberals in times of crisis is more big government. This is why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently admitted that Obamacare is just a step towards a socialized, single-payer health care system. Conservatives and Republicans must act now to stop Obamacare before free-market alternative solutions in health care become a thing of the past.
The fight between conservatives and the Republican leadership now focuses on whether or not to fund Obamacare during the upcoming Continuing Resolution debate. Conservatives believe this law will lead to the eventual undoing of the core principles our country was founded on. The Republican leadership is afraid of losing the battle over public opinion if the government were to shutdown. The truth is the only people that truly want the government to shutdown are Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. Conservatives want to fund the entire government except Obamacare. President Obama seems to be willing to hold up all other government operations for the sake of Obamacare. Is this a responsible position for the President? This law, as everyone is witnessing, is coming apart at the seams on a daily basis. It’s not working and never will. Why should it continue to be funded? Can President Obama and Congressional leaders honestly answer this question? Maybe, just maybe, the Republican leadership should be more concerned about what happens if they fail to defund Obamacare, which they appear to be in danger of doing.
For Republicans, it’s time to believe in something. If you’ve voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, you can’t turn around and vote to fund Obamacare. It’s that simple. Ironically, getting rid of Obamacare now is critical to the future health of America and our once vibrant economy. It’s worth fighting for – right now – before it’s too late. Call your Member of Congress and tell them that continuing to fund Obamacare is the wrong way to go! (1205)