Republicans in Congress are continuing to play offense on ObamaCare, announcing a number of legislative proposals to interupt various parts of the unpopular law. For example, the House will vote this week to delay the individual mandate while Senate Republicans have asked President Obama to “permanently delay” all implementation.
But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has offered another alternative. He has introduced legislation that would fully defund ObamaCare, making further implementation state exchanges and IRS enforcement of the individual and employers mandates completely impossible.
“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,” said Cruz in a statement from his office. “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.”
“Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support,” continued Cruz. “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.”
Cruz said he agrees with the assessment of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who, in April, called ObamaCare is a “train wreck,” and slammed the President for wanting to give businesses a “temporary reprieve” from the impact of Obamacare but not American families.
“[W]e 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,” added Cruz. “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 Club for Growth, an organization that promotes free market policies, has already endorsed Cruz’s legislation over other alternatives being floated in Congress, such as the House’s legislation to delay the individual mandate.
“Instead of voting to delay implementation of both the individual and employer mandates in ObamaCare, Congress should defund and repeal ObamaCare entirely,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said last week in statement. “Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to completely defund ObamaCare. Congress should pass Cruz’s bill.”
“Why delay, when we should repeal? ObamaCare is an awful, anti-growth law today, it will be bad tomorrow, and it will certainly still be bad a year from now,” added Chocola.
Whether or not Cruz will be able to bring his bill to the floor for a vote remains to be seen. Democrats control the Senate and, despite concerns from some members who believe that ObamaCare could hurt them in next year’s mid-terms, are unwilling address the parts of the law that are the most unpopular with voters.