Holding the Line on Full Repeal of Obamacare
Since Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, House Republicans have voted to repeal the failing legislation over sixty times. Meanwhile Obamacare continues to deteriorate while more data comes out showing its catastrophic effects on premiums and as a result, the middle class. The media places the blame on Republicans for Obamacare’s failures (and the incoming ones as well) even though Republicans warned against them to begin with.
The Republican Party increased their control of the House of Representatives, gained control of the Senate, and won an uphill battle to secure the presidency. As a matter of fact, since President Obama won his first election in 2008 Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats, 12 governorships, 69 House seats and 13 Senate seats. After running up the score in 2016 Republicans returned to DC riding a wave of populism and with substantial control almost nearly every aspect of power in the government. There was finally going to be an opportunity to rid the people of the ironically named Affordable Care Act.
Despite the odds being in their favor, Republican leadership proposed a bill that kept a large part of Obamacare intact – specifically the very mandates that have caused premiums to skyrocket. The Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative members in the House of Representatives, stood their ground, forcing House leadership to come back with a new plan that kicked the difficult decision about mandates to the states. Considering there are 17 states with Democrat governors who support Obamacare, and 16 Republican governors who have supported Medicare expansion in their own states, that leaves over half of the country living in a state that likely would not have applied for an Obamacare waiver to begin with. The answer is still full repeal of the law, and the Freedom Caucus is key.
During the Easter Recess members of congress have been holding town halls across the we’ve seen AstroTurf leftist groups in attendance creating scenes that generate earned media and give the Democrats fodder to hit back against the full repeal of Obamacare. Grassroots conservatives need to take this opportunity to make their voices heard and thank members of the House Freedom Caucus for holding the line on full repeal of Obamacare and keeping both Republicans and Democrats accountable.
There’s a box in my closet that houses numerous thank you letters, a few military challenge coins and a drawing – small tokens of appreciation I received while working for Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and the people of the 6th District of Maryland. No one ever calls their congressman or his/her staff unless they are having problems with a federal agency, or are upset about a piece of legislation or a vote the congressman just made to the detriment of a portion of his/her constituency. No one ever calls the congressional offices to say, “thank you” or “you’re doing a great job.” Because of how rare those moments were, I kept every token that conveyed that sentiment. Trust me – a little positive reinforcement can go a long way.
Marylanders who want to see a full repeal of Obamacare should take the time to thank, Rep. Andy Harris, himself a member of the House Freedom Caucus, for his commitment to conservative principles and should encourage him to stay resolute with his fellow Freedom Caucus members in their stance to repeal Obamacare without caveats. There is plenty of time for the Republican Party to come together and fully repeal this failed health care law and the Freedom Caucus should be encouraged to keep pursuing that goal. Don’t let repealing Obamacare fade into the past.