Republicans should allow President Obama to shut down the government on behalf of his Big Business and government employee friends to whom he has granted exemptions, subsidies and delays.
Soon after his first inaugural in 2009, President Barack Obama demanded that health care reform be passed quickly to ensure a robust recovery and balanced budget, and that it must be done in comprehensive way. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted the Affordable Care Act should only be read to discover its specifics, after it became law. Having received zero Republican votes, Obamacare became the Law of the Land.
Five years later, while still awaiting the promised robust recovery and balanced budgets, we have finally had time to read the ACA, including President Obama’s amendments via executive fiat granting exemptions to the White House staff, Congress members and their staffs and other federal employees; delaying the Big Business employer mandate; as well as his blanket invitation to file fraudulent income disclosure applications for “exchange” subsidies. However, given the ubiquitous use of the phrase “the Secretary of HHS shall decide” concerning so many of its disjointed moving parts, we wake up each day with War-and-Peace-length postscripts to Obamacare that even now-House Minority Leader Pelosi hasn’t yet perused.
To discover the reason for the demotion of the Secretary of Health Care Reading Assignments, read the returns of the 2010 mid-term elections when tea partier conservatives replaced Pelosi with John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House of Representatives with his primary mission to perform radical surgery on the cancer that is Obamacare. Finally, three years later, we detect a reconstructed spine in the House Republican majority, courtesy of minority Republican non-doctor Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.
Many votes were cast over the years in non-government shutdown contexts that never implicated the notion that America remained a constitutional republic in which the legislative branch shared power with the Chief Executive. In the meantime, the readings of Obamacare were translated into facts on the ground across the Fruited Plain, including:
- Higher premiums due to insurance coverage mandates, including the funding of abortions, morning-after abortion pills, and contraceptives for wealthy 30-year-old Georgetown Law School Students in violation of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment;
- Fines on hospitals for more non-emergency treatment of the indigent more than once per month;
- Jobs not created, jobs lost and full-time jobs reduced to part-time due to the impending employer mandate;
- The granting of a one-year delay of the employer mandate for Big Business by executive fiat;
- Exemptions for federally employees favored by President Obama and the Democratic Party;
- Loss of coverage for spouse and children;
- Loss of the Obama-promised right to see one’s doctor and maintain current insurance;
- Scores of new health care-related taxes, including on medical devices; and
- Scores of other deleterious effects of Obamacare on the pre-Obamacare status quo, the reading of which of would be less voluminous than required to complete volumes A-L of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Finally, given the impending loss of insurance coverage by previously covered employees, Obamacare will not even deliver on its main promise to reduce the number of uninsured Americans; and most of the newly insured will be lower-income individuals and families with children with little or no discretionary income left over after paying for housing, higher Obama energy prices and food to pay the high deductibles under their “exchange” policies.
So, Nancy, Harry and Barack, we finally completed our duty and read your ever-changing Obamacare “law of the land”, lived part of it and then took a break and read the following portion of Article I, section 9, clause 7 of the Supreme Law of the Land, for pleasure:
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
Notice that it doesn’t say “unless Democrats hold the White House and the U.S. Senate.” Cruz, Lee and Rubio finally got Speaker Boehner some new spectacles that enabled him to clearly read the above and also discover that it also contained no, “unless Republicans only hold one-half of one-third of the government” clause.
We applauded last week’s House passage of a continuing budget resolution that de-funded Obamacare and the holding of the senate floor by Ted Cruz for 21 hours in of support it. De-funding alone would not have affected the imposition of mandates that President Obama hadn’t delayed, but would have saved taxpayer money. Bravo. We also support last night’s House passage of a CR that delays the entirety of the entirely-un-affordable ACA and eliminates the medical device tax as well as the alternative bill guaranteeing that members of armed forces would not be denied their salaries should the Democrats shut down the government.
We trust that eventually the House will ensure the equal protection of the laws should Obamacare only be delayed and require that All Americans, including elected representatives, White House employees and all federal employees must feel the full brunt of socialized medicine with We the People. And we hope that enough red state-Democrat senators will be so scared of returning to the private sector after the 2014 mid-term Obamacare Election II that they insist on a vote in the senate and send the bill to President Obama.
But honestly, we expect (and actually hope) that President Obama initially vetoes the CR and that Obamacare is only delayed or otherwise ameliorated AFTER a government shutdown because we think that President Obama and the Democrats will only compromise with Republicans within the framework of the Constitution’s separation of powers AFTER the GOP shows them they have the GUTS to get past their 1995-6-based unjustified fears.
The American people need to see that not just the Democratic Party has the courage of their convictions. The Republican House has now twice passed bills funding all of the government, except for the Obamacare parts they elected a GOP House to tame. They have also provided for military salaries to be paid should Obama love Big Business more than individual non-Big Business Americans.
Mr. Speaker, you may now go home and re-study your eponymous Boehner debt limit-spending cuts Rule and come back next week. Seriously, go home and don’t come back at least until the Atlanta Braves have qualified for the NLCS.
Mike DeVine‘s Right.com
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson