I don’t want to get too carried away here, but it looks like maybe, must maybe, the gutless RINO leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives might have finally pulled its collective head out of its posterior and decided to actually act like they oppose ObamaCare.
From the Daily Caller:
The House will vote on a continuing resolution that will keep spending at sequester levels and defund Obamacare.
Leadership announced the plan to the Republican conference at a meeting Wednesday morning.
“This week the House will pass a CR that locks sequester savings in and defunds Obamacare,” Speaker of the House John Boehner told reporters at a press conference after the meeting. The CR will fund the government until the end of the year.
House leaders had initially proposed a legislative procedure by which the House would have voted on the same thing, except the CR portion and the health-care portion would have been separated.
House leaders felt that, given that the Senate will almost definitely vote against the Obamacare portion, separating the two parts made it more likely that a CR would be passed with spending at sequester levels. (REVEALED: The GOP’s new plan to repeal, replace Obama)
That plan met with huge pushback from the more conservative faction of the party who saw it as a “trick,” and leadership backed off.
Amazingly, they seem to have also actually come up with what seems to be a good alternative plan to ObamaCare.
Again, from the Daily Caller:
The 200-page budget-neutral bill would provide $20,000 in tax deductions to families and a $7,500 deduction to individuals, so they can buy insurance from vendors in any state. It would also would allow Americans to keep the money they save by picking lower-cost providers.
In an effort to contend with one of the more popular aspects of Obamacare, the Republican bill — which was drafted by a committee subgroup headed by Rep. Phil Roe, a doctor — would also create a 10-year, $25 billion fund to lower costs for Americans afflicted with pre-existing conditions such as cancer.
Additionally, it would let people carry their insurance with them from job to job, and cut wasteful legal costs by reforming medical lawsuits.
The bill transfers authority from Obamacare’s regulators to citizens because “we think people are smart enough and will find the best plan for their family,” Scalise said.
The plan contains some stuff that it shouldn’t (like the asinine “you’re a dependent child until you’re 26” provision allowing you to leech off your parents health care insurance until you’re 26), but it’s a good step in the right direction–that destination being a pro-freedom return to a free market health care system instead of a government-regulated, government-run one.
If Republicans in the House pass the bill to defund ObamaCare (as they darn well should), then the Senate gets to own this unpopular trainwreck of a debacle if they insist on funding ObamaCare–and they get to wear it around their necks going into the 2014 elections. They can also wear any “government shutdown” as well, since it will be THEY who have decided to hold up government funding to feed their zeal to force this unconstitutional abomination on the American people. And if the Senate can be cowed into also defunding ObamaCare (with the electoral threat looming over them), then Obama gets to either sign it or own shutting down the government in his zeal to oppress the American people.
It should go without saying that Republicans need to be prepared to get in front of the microphones to make sure the American people know exactly who is responsible for any government shutdown–the Leftists who are so eager to oppress the American people that they are willing to play games with funding for legitimate government functions. They can’t expect to sit on their hands and hope the public won’t be taken in by the hysteria of the “mainstream” media and other liberals, but if they stand firm and “we the people” stand with them, we can come out of this doing well.
This is what it takes folks. It takes phone calls, emails and letters to congress, as well as continuing the drumbeat loudly in the public arena. What passes for “Republicans” in congress are so afraid of the “mainstream” media and other liberals that they need to be made more afraid of US, in order to motivate them to act like Republicans and do the right thing.
Folks, now that we know WHAT it takes, we must continue to speak loudly and carry the big stick of electoral consequences EVERY TIME in order to motivate Republicans to act like Republicans.
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