Monday, October 7, 2013

Defunding Obamacare Project Through Holding CR Hostage by Coalition of Conservative Groups Started in January

Where I disagree with [fellow Republican] Tom [Graves of Georgia] is we are the ones who did shut the government down. Charles Krauthammer called it the “suicide caucus,” and the Wall Street Journal said we’re “Kamikazes.” Cong Peter King (R-NY)

This defunding of Obamacare through the use of the continuing resolutions was referenced in a NY Times article, A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning which details what the Koch Bros have been doing as well as the risk they all are willing to take to destroy our Government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act.  This is why 18 times when Senator Reid (D-NV) asked for representatives, Republicans have refused to appoint Representatives and Senators to a Joint Budget Conference Committee.  
The underhanded Republicans in the House and Senate had this planned all along with their willing accomplices the Koch Bros and other groups to extract destruction of Obamacare in exchange for approving the CR and now debt ceiling hike.  This group of people along with some Senators and Representatives have been plotting this since the reelection of President Obama and the Senate stayed in Democrat control which means they have no intention of honoring the outcome of the election.  That is Third World way of doing things not in our Republic but some of the hard right cannot be bothered by the Constitution and over 200 years of history because they have become convinced they can do what they want and the Democrats will fold.  News to the hard right Republican Party -- Democrats are not folding and a lot of your former supporters are standing with the President and the Democrats. 
Read this and understand that these Conservatives will do anything to defund Obamacare even if it means defaulting on the debts of the United States.  The votes are there for a clean CR and debt ceiling, but Speaker Boehner refuses to bring a clean CR bill to the floor.  Boehner and his like minded caucus minus about 30 Republicans need to be stopped like yesterday from taking the Country over the debt ceiling cliff.  It is time we stood united to back President Obama from these hostage takers and demand the media start telling the truth like Representative Peter King (R-NY) has said that it is the House Republican Caucus that is responsible for this shutdown of Government.  
Their original target of March 27 to shutdown Government was switched to the end of the fiscal year with the debt ceiling hike looming right after on October 17th.  These conservatives call themselves 'patriots' but this group is willing to see the US default and by any conventional standard it makes them a anarchist not a patriot.  Read this and then look at the names on the bottom of the Freedom Works Memo to see the people and groups who are willing to default in order to destroy Obamacare.  
No one makes a threat like this and can still be considered supporters of the United States Government. IMHO they are traitors who refuse to acknowledge that President Obama won the last election, Democrats kept the Senate, and picked up seats in the House.  Affordable Health Care aka Obamacare was passed by Congress, signed into law by the President and ruled Constitutional by SCOTUS but yet conservative Republicans want to destroy the bill with nothing to replace.

This is absolute insanity that a group of John Birch type Republicans would do this to the Nation and all of us:
Coalition Letter: Congress Must Honor Sequester Savings and Defund ObamaCare Before It Is Too Late
By Matt Kibbe on February 14, 2013
FreedomWorks has signed on to the following Memo to the Movement by the Conservative Action Project:
Current Event:
The current continuing resolution (CR) funding the government expires on March 27, setting up an opportunity for Congress and President Obama to honor the bi-partisan sequester savings already agreed upon.  It also presents an opportunity to achieve even more savings by defunding and stopping the implementation of Obamacare, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported will force 7 million Americans out of their existing health insurance.

  • Conservatives cannot support a CR that is above the sequester level of $974 billion annually.  While many conservatives would prefer reprogramming defense cuts to other areas of discretionary spending (dollar for dollar cuts in the same year), the current sequester savings are better than none at all.
  • Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare.  This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.
A mere “date-change CR” is unacceptable.  Although the Obama administration and others will argue the CR is not the appropriate legislative vehicle to defund Obamacare, it is easily done through a series of appropriation riders.  Because the CR represents one of the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare, it must not be used to bargain on the upcoming sequester.

Issue in Brief:
On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges. On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America. The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing.
Although many of Obamacare's provisions are now the law of the land, many of the law's most damaging and irreversible provisions do not take effect until 2014.

Once implemented, the new spending contained within Obamacare, primarily the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, will cost taxpayers more than $1.6 trillion over the next decade, according to the latest CBO estimates.  Given the history of federal entitlement programs and the back-loaded nature of Obamacare spending, some estimate the full implementation cost could reach  $2.6 trillion over ten years. It will increase the federal government's health spending by 15 percent.

The issue is far from settled in the states, which are tasked with either implementing the wide-ranging mandates and invasive requirements put forth by Obamacare, or deferring such choices to the bureaucrats in Washington.

The fractured opinion amongst the states is one reason the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continually pushed back the deadline for states to make a decision on the exchanges and Medicaid expansion.

The invasive elements of Obamacare are not set in stone; in fact, elements of the law are already under assault from Republicans and Democrats alike. The CLASS Act was repealed and there is bipartisan support for eliminating the devastating Medical Device Tax.

Blueprint to Defunding Obamacare

Obamacare’s funding mechanisms are as complicated as the law itself, but they can be stopped through the appropriation process, which includes the upcoming continuing resolution.
  • Federally Backed Exchanges.  An appropriations rider must eliminate the refundable tax credits for premiums and the cost sharing subsidies that are essentially used to support insurance purchased in the Obamacare exchanges, which starts January 1, 2014.
  • Medicaid Expansion.  An appropriations rider must eliminate the enhance match funding for the Medicaid expansion, which takes effect January 1, 2014.
  • Permanent Appropriations.  Obamacare contains items called “permanent appropriations” which guarantee funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).  An appropriations rider turns off funds for these so-called permanent appropriations, which are already in effect.
  • Implementation.  An appropriations rider must block the implementation of Obamacare, covering salaries, rulemaking, enforcement, etc.
  • Life and Religious Liberty. Obamacare is an unprecedented attack on life and religious liberty. An appropriations rider must repeal the HHS mandate that attacks the religious values and principles of countless Americans.
  • Miscellaneous Programs.  An appropriations rider must block all funding for newly authorized discretionary programs contained in Obamacare and return reauthorized programs back to their pre-Obamacare levels.

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Americans for Limited Government

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