On Monday, U.S. Georgia Congressmen Phil Gingrey (R-11) and Tom Graves (R-14) attended a grassroots campaign for Georgia State Rep. Micah Gravley and many who attended had one issue on their mind, to defund Obamacare and both Congressmen agreed.
Both Gingrey and Graves promised that they are on the front lines to defund Obamacare and on Tuesday, Gingrey said in a released email, “I’ve traveled across Georgia and keep hearing the same thing… repeal this law. I promised the 11th Congressional District that I will use every tool at my disposal to fight this disastrous law, and I will not vote for any bill that funds Obamacare by one single dime.”
Gingrey eluded to his opposing Obamacare and the continuing resolution that was introduced this past March and said, “I opposed the Continuing Resolution this past March for the same reason, and I will continue to stand firm against this catastrophic health care law.”
When the resolution was brought to the House floor in March, Gingrey had said, “As a physician for more than 30 years and an outspoken opponent of Obamacare, I understand first-hand the devastating effects this law will have on patients, physicians, and our health care system. This disastrous law has yet to be fully implemented, yet job creators across the country are already feeling its effects. The federal government’s takeover of one-sixth of our economy increases health care costs, threatens patient access, and imposes massive tax increases on Americans, particularly middle class families and young adults. Given that the continuing resolution, H.R. 933, provides funding for Obamacare implementation and the government mandate, I could not support this legislation.”
The defund Obamacare campaign began by U.S. Congressman Ted Cruz but when Grave’s sponsored legislation last week to defund Obamacare while keeping the federal government running, supporters began to grow immensely.
Congressman Tom Graves, along with 59, an increase from 42 last week, House Republican cosponsors, introduced a budget plan, “Security, Stability, and Fairness Resolution” that would not only defund ObamaCare but would be putting a short-term government funding bill on the table, a continuing resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.
Graves plan is to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014 while fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015.
Several media outlets picked up on Graves’ plan as the popularity of Graves bill gains notice.
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain said on his radio talk show on Friday “It appears as if someone in Washington is listening to the people.”
The Heritage Action said, “By introducing a bill that funds the government but defunds Obamacare, Rep. Graves and his colleagues are stepping up to fill a critical void in the House.”
“Congress must act now if we are to prevent the damage that will be caused by the implementation of Obamacare. Already, jobs are being lost, hours cut and insurance lost. There is absolutely no doubt the law has failed and cannot be salvaged. We encourage all members to support the Graves bill.”
The latest poll shows that support for Obamacare has had a rapid decline, and a rapid change from democrats who supported the bill when it was passed in 2009.
The Heritage Foundation reported that CNN’s poll for support of Obamacare in all demographic categories was at 51% in January and as of August, had dropped below 40% to 39%.
Surprisingly enough, two main democratic core groups with the largest decline of support are women and those making under $50,000.
Heritage was among the groups who worked to educate Americans that now is the time to defund Obamacare.
They went on a nine-city Heritage Action tour in August and unveiled a Times Square billboard stating, “Obamacare may be hazardous to your health”.
Amy Payne of Heritage said, “Obamacare will affect the quality of care in this country. It will limit the choices we have in doctors, hospitals, and treatments. People are already learning that their trusted doctors aren’t going to be available to them in the new insurance plans Obamacare is forcing them into.”
With the growing support for the budget plan and defunding Obamacare, Graves said, “This plan is straightforward. We will achieve long-term stability by funding the government for the next fiscal year. Additionally, the resolution includes provisions that affect our national security and our veterans. Our troops, their families and our veterans should not have put their priorities on hold.”
“Finally, our plan will achieve fairness for every American by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015. This approach builds upon the Obama Administration’s policy of delaying portions of Obamacare and relieves taxpayers of the burden of funding a program that is not being implemented.”