Mike Lee: Defund ObamaCare or shut down the government
Over the last week, the Obama Administration announced that it would delay enforcement of the employer mandate for one year and significantly relax eligibility verification for those who apply for subsidies to purchase health insurance coverage. And it likely that we’ll see more delays with ObamaCare as implementation efforts have proven to be difficult for states.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) says that it’s time to defund ObamaCare and, if necessary, shut down the government to prevent additional funding for implementation of the law.
In a statement from his office, Lee said that these delays are the “latest and most damning admission by the administration that ObamaCare was poorly crafted, remains unworkable, and, if implemented, will hurt American families, businesses, and our economy.”
“The only solution is to fully repeal ObamaCare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to fix our health care system,” said Lee. “Short of full repeal, however, those of us who care about the health care and security of the American people still have a duty to act. If the president has decided he won’t enforce his law as it is written, then Congress should not fund any further implementation of it at all.”
“It is fundamentally unfair for President Obama to exempt businesses from the onerous burdens of his law, while forcing American families and individuals into ObamaCare’s unsound and unstable system,” he continued. “This administration has chosen to put its own political preferences and the interests of various government cronies ahead of the American people. Republicans in Congress must now stand up for the individuals and families who do not have the money, lobbyists, and connections to get this Administration’s attention.”
Lee noted that Congress isn’t not powerless to act. He noted that they control the “power of the purse,” and slammed the disastarous implementation of a law passed more than three years ago, adding that the “best case scenario for Obamacare will be rampant dysfunction, waste, and injustice to taxpayers and working families.”
“If congressional Democrats want to oppose appropriations bills without additional ObamaCare funding, shut down the government, and side with the President and big business against the American people, then it’s their choice,” added Lee. “But three years in, even the president himself has now admitted that ObamaCare won’t work. The only responsible choice now is to protect the country from ObamaCare’s looming disaster, start over and finally begin work on real health care reform.”
Senate Democrats have expressed concern over the implementation of ObamaCare and rising health insurance premiums that are a direct result of the law. But rather than make an effort to work with their Republican counterparts to fix these problems, they’ve doubled down on their support of ObamaCare. If implementation efforts don’t improve significantly, ObamaCare will play a central role in next year’s mid-term election, which may very well cost Democrats their majority.