We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy.
In light of this admission, we believe the only way to avert disaster is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to reforming our healthcare system.
However, if Democrats will not agree with Republicans that ObamaCare must be repealed, perhaps they can at least agree with the president that the law cannot be implemented as written. If the administration will not enforce the law as written, then the American people should not be forced to fund it.
This is a matter not only of fiscal prudence, but of fundamental fairness as well. The president cannot seriously expect to waive ObamaCare’s onerous mandates on large businesses, while simultaneously forcing individuals and families to pay to implement an individual mandate the public has opposed since before the law was even passed.
For these reasons, we will not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare.
Sens. Lee, Rubio, Cruz, Risch, Paul, Inhofe, Vitter, Thune, Chiesa, Enzi, Fischer, and Grassley.
Since Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 we have at one time or another wished that this whole ObamaCare issue would disappear, but the nightmare continues. And if the senate does not defund ObamaCare we are stuck with it. Millions of people are still not going to receive adequate healthcare and seniors will be the first on the list to be rejected on certain benefits. Oh yes, women who want abortions will be able to abort their unborn. If you aren’t aware of this, prepare yourself for a health shock.
What precisely is your strategy to defund Obamacare and what’s your best argument for employing this method?
Cruz: Now is the best time: There is bipartisan agreement that Obamacare isn’t working. It’s killing jobs, causing more and more Americans to be driven into part-time employment, causing employers to drop health insurance and dramatically increasing health insurance premiums. Even the unions — President Obama’s most reliable allies — are jumping ship.
The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, the most important check we have on an overreaching executive. Now is the best chance we have to exercise this power in order to defund Obamacare. It can be done as part of passing the Continuing Resolution (CR) — a piece of legislation that funds the government and must be renewed by September 30th.
The Continuing Resolution gives us real leverage to defund Obamacare. Fighting this fight won’t be easy, but it’s now or never. President Obama’s strategy is simple: on January 1, the subsidies kick in. President Obama wants to get as many Americans addicted to the subsidies because he knows that in modern times, no major entitlement has ever been implemented and then unwound. That’s why the administration announced that it won’t enforce eligibility requirements–essentially encouraging fraud and “liar loans”–because that way the most people possible will get addicted to the sugar.
Explain specifically how your strategy actually has a realistic chance of being successful?
Cruz: Republicans have the votes to make this possible. Moreover, the American public is increasingly behind the effort — winning this fight is dependent on Americans standing up and holding their elected officials accountable to doing what’s in the people’s best interests.
Americans realize that Obamacare hurts jobs and economic growth, by penalizing full-time employment and raising taxes. They realize that it won’t bring down costs, that it will create longer wait times and scarcity of health services. They recognize it for the disaster it is and they don’t want it.
Your opponents argue your strategy won’t work because Republicans, without control of the White House or the Senate, do not have the votes. They say it’s simply dishonest to lead conservatives across the country to think it would. Opponents also say that Republicans will take the blame for any shutdown, thus harming your midterm chances. Your response?
Cruz: One thing is for sure: we lose 100 percent of the battles we don’t fight.
How are those who disagree with you on the strategy distorting your views on this?
Cruz: Aside from the defeatist view that this can’t be won, addressed above, there are three significant misunderstandings:
A) Some, even among our allies, describe our proposal as “shutting down the government to defund Obamacare.” Such framing clearly tilts towards the Democrats. Our perspective is, we would pass a bill to fund the entire government except Obamacare; it is the President and his allies who have threatened to shut down the government to force Obamacare onto working families, even though its problems are manifest.
B) Another recurring line is that a recent Congressional Research Service report confirmed that a government shutdown would not, in itself, fully defund Obamacare. Of course not; no one has ever suggested it would. The point is, passing a CR that defunds Obamacare — that explicitly prohibits discretionary and mandatory spending — defunds Obamacare. That’s what this fight is all about.
C) Some have suggested this initiative would only defund Obamacare’s discretionary spending, while leaving in place the far larger mandatory spending. This is incorrect, as we can absolutely include language in the CR to defund Obamacare’s mandatory spending as well.
Please read the entire article by following this link: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/15/4-questions-with-ted-cruz-on-defunding-obamacare/
Senator John Cornyn from the great state of Texas has not signed the petition and held his own censored twitter town hall ‘Hangout’ on August 15. Cornyn does not agree on the ‘tactic’ and claims that he wants to defund ObamaCare. I’m not from Missouri but I want him to ‘show me’ by signing the petition and standing with our other Texas Senator Ted Cruz. I am not sure if Cornyn has a comprehension problem or because he is one of the ‘old’ guard Republicans is having a real problem understanding what the grassroots want. We don’t care if the federal government is shut down! What difference does it make! As for me I would rather try than not try anything. I urge you to contact Cornyn and ask him to stand with the ‘new’ conservatives inWashington DC, after all the ‘old’ way hasn’t worked!