August 1, 2013
If Obamacare cannot be fully repealed, Heritage Foundation expert Chris Jacobs writes, “Congress’s best option is to defund the entire law to prevent its implementation.”
Many lawmakers–including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL)–are pushing Congress to do just that. The lawmakers are urging their colleagues to not fund “even one single penny of Obamacare.”
“The upcoming budget legislation, called a continuing resolution, is a decision point for Obamacare funding,” The Heritage’s Amy Payne notes. The conservatives’ plan would “fund normal government activities, but refuse to fund Obamacare.”
It is true that if the budget legislation is not passed, government will “shut down.” But Payne points out this is not as bad as it seems:
“Shutdown” actually sounds more dire than it is. The government services that shut down are the non-essential ones. As Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing yesterday, this is what happens…every weekend. Have you ever tried to call the Department of Agriculture on a Saturday?
Moreover, a shutdown would limit some government operations temporarily. Obamacare will hurt our economy and our health care forever.
Do you agree with the defunding plan?