Skip to comments.The 'Untouchable' $23.6 Billion Funding Obamacare
Posted on 03/16/2011 7:13:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Untouchable. Thats the treatment being given to the $23.6 billion being spent right now to implement Obamacare.
This $23.6 billion is part of the $105.5 billion appropriated by the last Congress to fund Obamacare. The remainder (Think of it as post-dated checks for the other $81.9 billion.) automatically becomes available between now and FY2019.
None of this is to be confused with an additional $115 billion authorized for additional appropriation to Obamacarebut which the current Congress is unlikely to provide.
The most pressing question, however, is whether any of the current $23.6 billion will be rescinded as part of the spending reductions being pursued in Congress.
Despite campaign promises to defund Obamacare, it isnt being done. Why not?
The excuses are flimsy. Claims that it cannot be done under House rules are wrong and misleading. The House has constitutional authority to package legislation however it wishes. Self-imposed rules of the House should be no barrier to action, either. Those same rules were waived repeatedly to permit defunding of other programs in the series of continuing resolutions (CRs) that are being used to keep the full federal government open.
In the first full-year CR, the relevant rule (House Rule XXI) was waived to permit 123 previous appropriations to be rescinded. But Obamacare funding was not touched. Perhaps doing the same thing for the 124th time was considered going too far?
Congress waived the rules again in the second two-week CR. But Obamacare funding still went untouched.
In the latest three-week CR, the rules were waived once more, and again Obamacare funding was not touched.
To its credit, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is pushing legislation to eliminate portions of the $81.9 billion to be spent on Obamacare in future years. But the Committees proposal would do nothing to stem the $23.6 billion front-end money flowing into the program already.
Unfortunately, that bill faces the same fate as the Houses previous (and praiseworthy) legislation to repeal all of Obamacare outright. The Senate leadership has no intention of letting the proposal pass. And even if the Senate approved the bill, President Obama would most certainly veto it.
This is why the only meaningful method for defunding Obamacare is to package the spending cuts with must-pass legislation that has other thingslike spendingthat President Obama and his team desire. There is no other way to apply political leverage.
Another approachwhich likewise would need to be packaged and leveragedis to delay all Obamacare funds until we have a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the laws constitutionality. The 11th Circuit is expediting its handling of the Justice Departments appeal of Judge Roger Vinsons landmark ruling that the entire law is unconstitutional. In the meantime, why should tens of billions of taxpayer dollars be spent to implement a measure that is unconstitutional?
This is the approach taken in the Save Our States Act. In the House, Representatives Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas) have filed HR 663 to create this moratorium on implementing Obamacare. In the upper chamber, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) have filed the companion version, S.281.
The savings would certainly be in the billions. The entire $23.6 billion of current front-end funding has not yet been spent, although the remaining balance has not been determined.
Congress is in recess the week of March 21-27. Many lawmakers will return home; some will hold public meetings. Its an important opportunity for public meetings and feedback.
Perhaps then they can explain to citizens why Obamacares fundingespecially the $23.6 billion theyre already spendingis being treated as untouchable.
Someone needs to be in jail!
They republican leadership does’t have a full pair amoung them. They have been checking with a magnifying glass.
A retired member of the Ruling Class speaks, Wake up People,This asswipe just wants more of the same old crap game playing.
No Legislative body is bound by the Acts of a Previous Legislative Body. They can REFUSE TO FUND ANY DAMN THING THEY WANT. We don’t need to play games. JUST SAY NO!! The Senate and Marxist can’t do a DAMN THING ABOUT IT.
I will say this: No seat in Congress is safe from the wrath of the American voter. These people were elected to serve. If they can't do it, get the hell out and let someone else do it.
Enough with the goddamn cowards already.
++++ Perhaps then they can explain to citizens why Obamacare’s funding especially the $23.6 billion they’re already spending is being treated as untouchable ++++
Power of Attorney over every individual, except themselves which they exempted.
How about just cutting medicaid by $ 24B and telling Obama to use the Obama-care money for that? Keep it simple!
I don’t think Istook is supporting the shenanigans going on in the house.
Ernest and Human Events, Rush,Levin,Sean,Hewitt and the brave Pubs :King and Bachmann are correct. Defunding Care must be tried so as to give the public a view that Pubs are trying to get rid of this socialist experiment. We must mail, call the Pub Leadership daily to make sure they do what they pledged and not act like the old Michel-Ford Pubs who did nothing to defeat Dems. They must be defeated.
I don’t care if the Senate will not pass it, or if Zero will veto it.
Pass it and go to the American public with it and MAKE the Senate pass it. The GOP House leadership is a misnomer.
The survival of the country is at stake, and they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
John Boehner is throwing the fight, taking a dive, on purpose.
Conde Nast Portfolio, before it folded in 2009, ran a 10/2008 article that spilled the beans. The deal for Obamacare was already done before the election. The Fortune 500 boards wanted it, the RiNO leadership and RiNO Theory B-school gurus had already signed off on it.
This is about killing off private healthcare, to get employer-paid insurance off the books. Period. End of subject.
The RiNO's are giving the Dems power over the People forever, just so the 500 can scrub up their balance sheets. That is the bottom line. It's a giant stab in the back, in the dark, in silence -- and the blow was struck in 2008, even before the political conventions. What, did you think the Wall Street Wing would wait on us? Done deal, over and out.
I’ve just emailed my congressman John Culberson and told him to get off his butt and do something about the Obamacare and uncontrolled spending.
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