Repeal Obamacare First Letter from Senate Conservatiives. Send it! https://senateconservatives.rallycongress.net/ctas/repeal-obamacare-first/letter
|Throughout the fight to repeal ObamaCare, Republicans like Mitch McConnell said the only thing standing in their way were the Democrats. But, as we’ve seen, that couldn’t be further from the truth. McConnell’s so-called “repeal” bill does anything but repeal ObamaCare.
And even though the RINO’s delayed a vote to pass it, they have been working overtime cutting deals and twisting arms to get the votes they need to pass this terrible bill. We can’t stop fighting now!
We need to remind Senate Republicans that they promised a FULL REPEAL of ObamaCare. So please, contact the Senate Republicans right now. Demand the FULL REPEAL of ObamaCare we were promised.
Right now, true conservative senators like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are fighting to fix this awful bill. They’re working tirelessly to make sure the GOP keeps its promise.
But Asheville TEA, the Senate GOP establishment is fighting tooth and nail to undermine these brave conservatives. It’s gotten so bad, you’d think Democrats were in the majority.
As Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has repeatedly warned, timid congressional GOP leaders have no intention of repealing Obamacare. Instead, they want to “fix” it — an impossible task.
But last Friday, they lost their last excuse for not repealing every word of the ill-conceived, destructive health care law.
Two new pieces of information change the equation dramatically.
The first offers unmistakable evidence that the Obamacare exchanges are collapsing, contrary to the Left’s “everything is working fine” narrative.
The second proves the Senate can repeal the law’s onerous insurance mandates with only a simple majority, rather than a bipartisan supermajority — something that, up till now, Republican leaders have (conveniently) denied.
These developments are huge.
On Friday the two-week-old Trump administration reported that:
- Sign-ups at gov, the federal exchange, have declined for the first time ever, by a sizable 400,000 persons in 2016 — a four percent drop in one year.
- The number of insurers participating in the federal exchange has dropped from 237 in early 2016 to just 167 now — an eye-popping 30 percent decline in one year.
Clearly, the S.S. Obamacare is taking on water fast. The case for abandoning ship has never been stronger.
The second bit of news is even more game-changing. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed what many of us have long suspected, namely, that the Senate can indeed repeal every word of Obamacare’s mandates and subsidies — including its onerous insurance mandates — with only a simple majority vote. Republicans can do it on their own. No Democrats needed.
To be clear, CBO did not issue a new announcement of some kind. Rather, it actually made the declaration more than a year ago, almost in passing, in a pair of wordy footnotes in a formal budget estimate — but hardly anybody noticed. No one really appreciated the full significance of the footnotes until last Friday, when a scholar at the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center translated them from “budget-ese” into plain English.
In short, what CBO said is this. Obamacare’s onerous insurance mandates have a direct, non-trivial, non-incidental effect on federal spending and the deficit. Those adjectives are important. Under congressional budget rules, to be eligible for consideration via fast-track “budget reconciliation” procedures, a bill must meet all of those particular descriptions. A reconciliation bill cannot be stopped by a filibuster in the Senate and requires only a simple majority, rather than three-fifths, for passage. So CBO’s words mean every word of Obamacare can be repealed on a fast-track, party-line basis.
Republicans have run out of excuses.
Since taking control of Washington last month, GOP leaders have been slow-walking — and soft-peddling — repeal. Instead of “replacing” Obamacare, they now want to “repair” the damage it has done, over a period of years — which, one suspects, is their way of saying they simply want to “repair” the law and move on.
That, of course, would be a fool’s errand. As a practical matter, repeal is an “all or nothing” proposition. As Yoda would say: Repeal, or repeal not. There is no “repair.”
Speaking of which — what exactly is this “something terrific” our president speaks of?
Hard to say. He hasn’t been clear about that. But if we stick to our principles, we will make sure “something terrific” does not include such “constructive Republican alternative proposals” as:
- A federal ban on preexisting-conditions exclusions.
- A federal mandate to let adults stay on their parents’ health plan till they’re 26.
- Federal medical malpractice reforms that overwrite state civil-justice rules.
Such “reforms” may be popular, but they are unconstitutional, unnecessary, and counterproductive. The power to regulate health insurance (and the resolution of health-care disputes) is reserved, under the Tenth Amendment, to the states.
On the other side of the coin, “something terrific” should include:
- The return of health insurance regulatory powers back to the states.
- The elimination or devolution to the states of federal health insurance subsidies (for example, by way of transitional block grants).
- Greatly expanded Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
- Medicaid and Medicare reforms, to make those massive entitlements fiscally sustainable, voluntary for individuals, and ultimately transferrable back to the states.
- Sensible reforms to equalize the tax treatment of health insurance, so consumers are no longer penalized when they try to obtain good, portable health coverage outside the workplace.
Beyond that, Washington should do nothing — except get out of the way.
The latest developments make it clear: Republicans are now officially out of excuses.
The three broad principles of conservative health reform should be:
- The states, not the feds, are the proper regulators.
- Consumers, not bureaucrats, are the proper sovereigns.
- Lower medical costs, not “universal coverage,” is the proper goal.
The tragedy of Obamacare is that it wrecked the world’s best health care system to help fewer than 500,000 Americans (less than one percent of the U.S. population) who have a prohibitively costly pre-existing medical condition.
And despite the Left’s claims, we did in fact have “universal coverage” before Obamacare, in a practical sense. All Americans had access to medical care: 85 percent of them via health insurance, the remaining 15 percent via charity clinics and the emergency room. People did not “die on the sidewalk.”
Was it a perfect system? Obviously not. Did its flaws justify a federal takeover? No! All we needed were a few modest tweaks to help the tiny minority with pre-existing conditions.
The latest developments make it clear: Republicans are now officially out of excuses.
They can and must repeal Obamacare — every word of it.
Right now your members of Congress are meeting with leadership to review which policy initiatives they will pursue and when. Already they are caving on the chief reason they were elected in November: full repeal of Obamacare.
Why? Because they were concerned when so many women marched in Washington the day after the inauguration. They have also been fielding numerous calls and social media posts from the liberal left decrying the potential loss of Obamacare. In many districts the left-wing DCCC has been airing TV and radio ads using scare tactics to prop up support for delaying Obamacare repeal.
Meanwhile, few conservatives are taking the time to phone, email, use social media or write letters because they believe their Representative ‘already knows’ how they feel and will ‘do the right thing’. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Sentinels give Congress the spinal fortitude they need to hold the course and not cave under pressure! That is why your personal contact with your Representative is so important.
Please contact your Member of Congress TODAY and tomorrow and re-instill in them the will to fight for an immediate full repeal of Obamacare! If you have their direct cell or email send them a direct message. You should also call their office, send an email through their official congressional website, post on their Facebook page, tag them and tweet your #FullRepeal now message. Write and submit your letter to the Editor and be sure to send a copy to your Representative (and to me)!
Here is a link to the latest Daily Signal article as well:
Congressional Delay Threatens Obamacare Repeal
I’ll be standing by to assist your effort!
Melody Himel Clarke
Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
Follow us on Twitter: @Heritage_Action and me, @TheRightMelody. Our hashtag is #Haction.
P.S.: Be certain to tell them you also expect them to Stop the Return of Earmarks!
Obamacare Repeal Strategy 2017