Next month could bring a fight in Congress as some Republicans in both chambers and conservative organizations mount a push to defund ObamaCare. Talking heads and pundits are pushing back against the idea, listing off a number of various reasons why they believe the push is a bad idea.
But the Heritage Foundation contests some of these reasons. They conservative think tank released a new video that seeks to debunk what they call “myths” about defunding ObamaCare.
Some, including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), have insisted that Congress can’t defund ObamaCare because most of the spending is mandatory — or “baked in the budgetary cake,” if you will.
“That’s just not true,” asserts Chris Jacobs, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. “Congress defunds mandatory spending on appropriations bills every year. In fact, in 2011, Congress defunded [$2.2 billion] in mandatory spending from the ObamaCare co-op program.”
“That’s a good start. We just think Congress needs to finish the job,” he added.
Jacobs also disputes the notion that Republicans and conservative critics of ObamaCare want to shutdown the government. “The only person threatening to shutdown the federal government is President Obama,” he noted.
“President Obama has threatened to shutdown the government because he wants to replace the sequester spending cuts with more tax increases,” said Jacobs. “Conservatives want to keep the federal government open. We just want to shutdown ObamaCare.”
Jacobs also pointed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s recent comments about the healthcare law being a stepping stone to single payer as a reason that “it’s so critical to defund ObamaCare now.”
“Congress has all the tools in its arsenal to defund ObamaCare,” added Jacobs. “Now, it just needs to finish the job.”
Watch the full three-minute video below and check out the Heritage Foundation’s page on ObamaCare to find out more information about how defunding the law would prevent the damage it’ll do to Americans.