Skip to comments.Fate of Obamacare Controlled by Republicans -- Period
Posted on 09/25/2013 8:02:49 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the next few days, politicians in Washington, D.C., will do and say many things to make it look and sound as if they are against Obamacare when in fact they are ultimately planning to use the power that has been vested in them by the people of their districts and states to ensure that Obamacare is funded and implemented.
But make no mistake: If Obamacare is funded and implemented it will be because Republican members of Congress decided to do it.
This is not a debatable supposition. It is an irrefutable fact. The fate of Obamacare is controlled completely by Republicans -- period.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law." That means that President Barack Obama cannot spend a dollar out of the Treasury unless Congress has enacted a law authorizing him to spend that dollar. As of now, the law authorizing Obama to spend dollars expires on Sept. 30.
Both houses of Congress must pass a bill and the president must sign that bill for it to become law. If the House does not pass a bill authorizing Obama to spend money implementing Obamacare in the period after Sept. 30, Obama cannot spend money for that purpose.
Last week, the Republican-controlled House approved a bill to fund the government after Sept. 30 that specifically states that "no Federal funds shall be made available to carry out any provisions" of Obamacare and that prohibits all the new "entitlements and benefits" under Obamacare from taking effect.
As long as House Republicans insist on keeping this language in any legislation enacted to fund the government after Sept. 30, Obamacare is dead.
If House Republicans decide to remove this language, Obamacare will live. And, if House Republicans decide to let Obamacare live now, it almost certainly will live (or evolve into a single-payer health care system) as long as America itself manages to stumble along under the accumulating burden of it and all the other welfare-state programs that have been created in this nation since President Franklin Roosevelt first began building an American welfare state in the 1930s.
It will not matter if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., refuses to move a government funding bill through the Senate that includes the House language defunding Obamacare. It will not matter if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and the majority of Senate Republicans -- except Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and a few other stalwarts -- decide to let Reid pass legislation to fund Obamacare by a simple majority vote. It will not matter if Obama vows to veto any legislation that includes the House language that prohibits funding for Obamacare.
Unless the Republican-controlled House passes legislation that permits funding of Obamacare, Obamacare is dead.
The strategic framework of this battle is simple: Every thing Obama, Senate Democrats and their allies in the liberal media are doing in this fight seeks a single end -- making House Republicans enact legislation funding the implementation of Obamacare.
If Obama, Senate Democrats and their allies in the liberal media cannot make House Republicans fund Obamacare, they lose and America wins.
So the question is this: Why would House Republicans abandon their current principled position and go ahead and fund Obamacare?
In general terms, this answer is also simple: They will only do it if they believe that for enacting legislation to fund Obamacare they will get something they value even more in return.
But what could that be?
To answer that it is first necessary to weigh the value of what the Republicans would get if they hold their ground and stop Obamacare. In that case, they would preserve a large measure of American freedom that is imminently threatened.
Under Obamacare, for the first time ever, the federal government will force American citizens to buy a product they do not want.
Under Obamacare, the administration will give tax dollars to insurance plans that pay for abortions -- the deliberate taking of innocent life.
Under Obamacare, the administration will force Catholics and other Christians to buy and/or provide coverage for services -- including sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs -- that violate the teachings of their faith.
Obamacare will annihilate both freedom of conscience and innocent human lives -- in the babies aborted by its subsidies.
Could Obama and Senate Democrats and the liberal media offer anything of such great value that House Republicans should trade it for this?
Pardon slow me, but I don’t comprende.
We are talking about refusing to lend the GOP yes to funding. It’s that easy if the GOP can get past the balogna. Hey Weeper, by all means keep on weeping, but weep for the sad state of US healthcare that will exist if Obama “care” gets its full way.
The Republicans hold the majority in the house. They can reject whatever the senate sends back to them. They do not need to pass a bill funding obamacare period! Terry Jeffrey is a solid constitutional conservative. If the house does not fund it, it does not get funded. All the president and senate can do is throw a hissy fit and issue threats. And they are.
Well that is an alternative approach, but the GOP isn’t going to want to do that. After all, not all GOP are devils.
If Mitch votes for Cloture, HE OWNS IT!
"There is strength in my legs a little longer." - Ted Cruz, a man among men.
"I want to cut and run" - Mitch "Pussy" McConnell
And Jim, the Lord will stand up Himself for the right thing. Obamacare does not exalt the God of blessing at all. It exalts petty little self centered bureaucrats and a snickering Satan that is lurking in the corner.
Tell the pussycat to get a lion heart and hang in there....
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This article is going to my Rep immediately. He claims to be for defunding 0bombacare. Now his feet are going to the fire.
Keepers of the flame:
Maybe instead of sitting on your behind in the 2012 election you should have been voting for the Republican senator in your state.”
WTF are you talking about, and why did you immediately make this personal? I have never voted for any third party candidate.
This is kind of stupid of him to do so, as he faces reelection in Kentucky next year, but at least he is honest, unlike the RINO senator of Tennessee Lamar Alexander who pretends to be against 0bamacare
Obamacrap not a good enough reason for a split?
Sorry, but Obamacare is self-appropriating, i.e. the appropriations are in the original bill, precisely to avoid the current political situation where republicans control one or two of the House, Senate or Prez. All three must agree to stop the existing self-appropriations.
ah, the simple, unadorned truth. it’s a blessing to here it now and then. they could have stopped it any time after 2010 had they wanted to.
You can add Sen Jeff Sessions. Even that amnesty guy (Boo!) in Florida Rubio is standing up with Cruz against obamacare. But don’t really trust him or Paul. Both are unreliable as conservatives, even if they do the right thing on this.
Obamacare: Besides the military, the only budget area where democrats express phony concerned about “fiscal responsibility”.
When the Republicans let “0”Care happen they will then own the Train Wreck instead of the Dems. A double win for the Lib/Pros.
If Boehner was being the least bit honest, that assessment would be correct. But they're being offered something, and we don't know what it is. If we knew, we would not approve.