Skip to comments.In 2010, All Four Top Members Of The House GOP Leadership Pledged To Defund Obamacare
Posted on 08/21/2013 5:41:33 AM PDT by xzins
Almost immediately after Obamacare passed, I started pushing the idea of cutting off the funds for it in the House. It got a little traction at the time and I went so far as to ask all four of the GOP’s top leaders in the House if they’d support cutting off the funds for Obamacare.
Here’s what they had to say back in July of 2010.
We are going to fight to repeal this government takeover of health care and start over with solutions that focus first on lowering costs. Cutting off funding for ObamaCare is absolutely something I support. For example, I would support moving as soon as possible to deny any funding for the estimated 16,500 IRS employees that will be needed to implement ObamaCare. House Republicans will continue to stand with the American people against this unconstitutional government takeover of health care. John Boehner
Yes, without question. Republicans will use every tool available to us to repeal the harmful law. Even in the minority, House Republicans have forced votes to immediately repeal some of the most egregious provisions of the law, including a vote to repeal the individual mandate. Eric Cantor
Congress holds the power of the purse, and yes, I will support all efforts to cut off funding for ObamaCare. The Democrats government takeover of health care will kill jobs, infringe on individual liberty, and it fails to contain costs. Mike Pence
If we are successful in repealing ObamaCare and Im going to work my heart out to repeal it that would automatically by definition cut off the increased, out-of-control spending in the Obama-Pelosi health care bill. As House Republicans constantly told President Obama and Speaker Pelosi We need to start over. Once were back at Square One the way things were before ObamaCare we can begin a better process focused on smaller reforms that can gain bipartisan support -medical liability reform, enabling small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance, allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines, etc. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
At the time, I noted Cathy McMorris Rodgers “punted” on the question, but when I ran into her at at the 2010 Smart Girl Summit in September of that year, she personally told me that despite her somewhat ambiguous answer, she was very much in favor of defunding Obamacare.
Today, Mike Pence is the Governor of Indiana, but John Boehner is the Speaker of the House, Eric Cantor is the Majority Leader, Cathy McMorris Rogers is the Republican Conference Chairman and conservatives across the country are calling on them to fulfill the promises they made back in 2010. The effort is almost certainly doomed to failure in the Senate, where weak leadership and a less conservative caucus will make it very difficult for the GOP to hang in for the long haul. However, if the GOP leadership is united in favor of the tactic, it could conceivably work in the House.
In 2010, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Cathy McMorris Rogers said they’d stand tall if this day ever came. Now, we’re going to get to see if they meant what they said.
John Boehner: “Cutting off funding for ObamaCare is absolutely something I support”
Bring back AMERICAN jobs.
It is past time, for America to begin protecting American jobs.
Bring back US jobs.
What’s this....no sound file?
Of course that was when they were in minority of both houses. Voting ‘no’ on anything was a win-win.
Being in the majority of the House means Bohner gets blamed for a shutdown so he wont consider it.
Now those Republicans in the Senate are still in a similar situation as 2010, they can vote NO and nothing happens. .
Could you possibly be suggesting....(I hate to say it)...
That they pander??!!
An audience member asked Cruz, Why dont we impeach him [Obama]? reported the National Review based on their audio of the event.
Its a good question, Cruz responded, and Ill tell you the simplest answer: To successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. Senate.
Of course he needs at least 51 in the Senate to pass a budget defunding Obamacare, or to kill a budget without it in Senate,
Time for ALL Repubs to “put up or shut up”, “Put the money where your mouth is”, etc. etc.
We voters need to “call in our markers” and MAKE them do something.
If Boehner and Cantor are lying and posturing it must either be Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
Worthlesss and worthlesser.
McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, McCain, Graham, etc., support the American people in defunding Obamacare now!!! Sign & Endorse the “Lee/Cruz” defund Obamacare petition, right now ....TODAY!!! And urge all Republicans and Democrats to do exactly the same!!!
His answer: 'Because we don't have the votes in Senate to do that'.
Told ya .
Isn’t it a constitutional requirement that all funding bills begin with the House?
1. They could refuse to raise the debt ceiling.
2. They could refuse to put ObamaCare in the budget.
I once had a teacher who wisely (and repeatedly) told the class “Remember, its not what they say, its what they do.” His point, of course, was that people will say whatever is convenient, advantageous, or diversionary for them while their actions say otherwise.
I’ve always found this to be an insightful axiom whether it be in the political realm or anywhere else. Talk is cheap.
Republicans want our votes and our money. They will say anything to get them. But they don’t really want our conservative principles.
And you believed them? You probably also believed that romney and a gop controlled congress would have repealed the individual mandate. You probably also got behind some broad who spent years wrecking lives and businesses as an IRS tax collector thinking she was all about getting government out of your lives. I could go on, but I think a pattern has been well established.
John Boehner in 2012 basically said ObamaCare is the law of the land and will be funded.
Were they prophetic? Burn a debt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pVM00eoohI
But its not a constitutional requirement that THIS ONE end in house which is what is being suggested , and so it wont happen.
In other words a bill could start out defunding Obama care in house, and still end up funding it by the time Obama signs it. So nothing still happens.
Is Rush claiming that is unconstititional?
Yes!we has s heared that the Republican leadership would vote to repeal Obama care in the past and they have had and passed many meaningless votes.
Now is the time for the rubber to hit the road and slam this out of control pResident up side the head with. A legal 2x4 and let him know who really bis running the show.
They could impeach Obama in House too and worry about the Senate later, but Cruz says they dont because they dont have votes in Senate to finish the job.
BTW : I dont know what Rush is telling you but if no budget is signed by Oct 1 Obama care is still funded as it was classified as essential like SS, so that strategy doesn't work either.