August 14, 2013
The only way to stop Obamacare is to cut off its funding, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham explained last week in the Wall Street Journal.
“ObamaCare can be stopped only if Congress denies funding for it in the next spending bill, which must be passed in September,” DeMint and Needham wrote. ”That would immediately halt the implementation of ObamaCare and fulfill a defining GOP promise to the American people.”
Voting for a spending bill that excludes Obamacare will take courage and integrity, they continued, because President Obama will inevitably veto the spending bill and thereby cause a government shutdown. In other words, President Obama would rather force a government shutdown than stop Obamacare. Of course though, the mainstream media won’t see it this way:
President Obama, along with all the Democrats, will accuse Republicans of trying to shut down the government by giving the president a spending bill that he must veto. But there is no “must” about it. If the president opts to shut down all of government instead of just ObamaCare, that will be his choice, not the wish of conservatives.
The truth is rarely a factor in today’s political battles, though. Much of the media will echo the White House talking points about Republicans shutting down the government. Seniors will be told that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy if ObamaCare is not funded, the poor will be threatened with loss of benefits—well, you know the rest.
Some Republicans warn that any fight could jeopardize the GOP’s chances of capturing the Senate in 2014 and keeping the House majority. Instead, their solution is to allow Obamacare to be fully implemented so the American people will see what a catastrophe it is. The problem with this logic?
Once ObamaCare is fully implemented, it will destroy what’s left of our personalized, free-market health system and make it very challenging to bring affordable, high-quality health care to Americans. The bureaucracy and the costs of national health care will grow dramatically, becoming increasingly difficult to dismantle as they grow.
We must act now to build a grassroots surge against Obamacare. “No politician can win this,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at Heritage last month. ”Americans can.” And if the American people make their voices heard, he explained, then their representatives in Washington will have to listen.
What will you do to help fight Obamacare?