A Republican Senate gang of 10 are pushing Congress to strip all funding from ObamaCare, even as Senate Dems, Thursday, struck down a separate effort to kill the law’s most controversial mandates.
With Senator Cruz leading the charge, the Senators assailed the White House’s sudden decision to delay until 2015 the employer mandate, which requires businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health insurance or pay fines.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a bill with nine GOP co-sponsors to defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act, calling the 2010 law “a colossal mistake” just hours after fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Congress shouldn’t even pass any short-term stopgap spending bills unless they cancel funding for “Obamacare.”
Sen. Jerry Moran, Kansas Republican, tried to force the debate on Thursday, offering amendments to defund both the employer and individual mandates as part of the Appropriations Committee’s health spending bill. Both measures were defeated on party-line votes, 16-14.
Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to obstruct the law at every turn, which they said was why Mr. Obama had to delay the employer mandate.
Co-sponsors of the Cruz’s bill include Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
Sen. Cruz issued the following statement:
“Consistent with my long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare, I am introducing a bill to permanently defund the law.
The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake.
Yesterday, all 46 Senate Republicans called on President Obama to permanently delay the law. This legislation would guarantee that result by ensuring not one more taxpayer dime is wasted in its establishment.
The Administration’s selective enforcement of Obamacare’s implementation is no indication that the law is going away. To the contrary, it demonstrates the President’s unyielding determination to force the unworkable law on the American people.
Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support. Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable.
I agree with the lead Senate author of Obamacare, Democrat Senator Max Baucus, that Obamacare has become a “huge train wreck.”
President Obama wants to delay the employer mandate – giving large businesses a temporary reprieve from part of Obamacare’s job-killing impact – but he is unwilling to give hardworking American families the same consideration. But everyone, not just large corporations, deserves to be spared being forced to participate in the Obamacare “train wreck.”
Moreover, in light of the admitted misconduct of the IRS – targeting those whose political views differed from the President’s – we cannot trust the IRS to implement Obamacare. The American people cannot trust the IRS to create and enforce the largest federal database in history, containing the intimate details of our personal healthcare matters.
And we cannot just wait for this law to implode under its own weight. The clock is ticking, and the time to act is now – Obamacare full implementation is set for January 1, 2014, but the enrollment for new entitlements starts on October 1, 2013.
We must remain vigilant in making the argument that Obamacare harms economic growth, disrupts the doctor-patient relationship and tramples on our liberties. But it doesn’t end there. We must guarantee that American taxpayers do not spend one more dime to implement Obamacare.
The already pressing need to defang ObamaCare before it becomes irreversable took on increased urgency, Thursday, when the Fourth Circuit Upheld ObamaCare’s Power to Compel Religious Institutions to Pay for Birth Control, Abortions.
What the court is saying is that ObamaCare directs employers to purchase insurance on behalf of their employees– but that employees get to pick the particular plan. And employees could choose a plan that only pays for abortions in some circumstances.
Of course, they could also choose the Abortions Aplenty plan, which the Court ignores. The government does make employees the buyers of abortion services, even if it’s done in two-step process (you must pay for any plan Sandra Fluke chooses, and then of course Sandra Fluke chooses the late-term abortion one).
It also ignores thstee fact that many people think abortion is murder in all cases, included cases of rape and incest. So that “merely” requiring people to pay for some murders (per their belief) is hardly satisfactory.
In addition, the court ignores the fact that there are indeed “less restrictive” ways of providing such care, such as simply mandating that insurers offer limited policies covering such treatments and permitting people to buy them as they will.
Bear in mind, the RFRA was designed to offer, by law, more regard for religious freedom and expression than the Constitution did by itself. The Court just sort of ignores that and finds, essentially, it adds nothing to the protection afforded by the Constitution itself, which, by the way, it finds to be very little at all.
It’s just incredible. I don’t recognize this country anymore.
So it’s on to the Supreme Court:
Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal-defense group associated with Liberty University, said it would file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the university’s challenge. “We’ll be working on that right now,” Mathew Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told Law Blog.
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!