The topic of Obamacare was front and center last night inside Westshore’s Crowne Plaza as the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint hosted a Town Hall meeting with Rafael Cruz (father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.) The Miami Herald reported online today about the Town Hall meeting and its posting was picked up on the Drudge Report today.
The Affordable Health Care Act, aka “Obamacare”, is akin to a disastrous Pandora’s Box which is only just beginning to open. The legislation, which is actually two bills rolled into one, is well over a thousand pages in length. At one point then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “You’ll have to wait till we pass it to know what’s in it” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced its passage by saying that it makes healthcare more affordable for the American people and that it does so in a fiscally responsible manner by not adding a dime to the deficit.
It is now becoming known to more and more people that The Affordable Health Care Act will do neither of things which Harry Reid proposed. The legislation is far more expensive than the public treasury can afford and it will do far less good than was promised, in fact, some of the effects are proving to be very negative as the launch date for its enactment approaches.
The smart people who work for our elected officials on Capitol Hill could read both the tea leaves and the writing on the wall. Their bosses, our Senators and Representatives, have now enacted exemptions which allow these select individuals to get out from under this legislation that is supposed to be so good for the rest of us. As reported in The American Spectator, "they claim that despite their generous salaries (members earn $174,000) they can’t afford Obamacare premiums. What the government deems 'affordable' for the rest of us isn’t affordable for them."
The Washington Times has quoted David Vitter, the Republican Senator from Louisiana, as saying, “This is exactly why America rightly hates Washington, Obamacare is a train wreck, even for Congress. So it gets fixed … FOR CONGRESS ONLY. What the flip about fixing it for America?”
If you are worried about the full implementation of this legislation and what it will do to your job status, your existing health care coverage or even the long term sustainability of government operations, then you might be asking, “What can I do?”
At this point, the legislation has passed both chambers on The Hill (at which time the Democrats had majorities in each), it was signed by the President and it was later conferred as “constitutional” by the U.S. Supreme Court surprising many who thought it would be overturned.
There is one last option, namely, the defunding of the legislation. The U.S. House gained a Republican majority during the last mid-term elections, mostly the result of voter response to the passage of Obamacare. With their currenty majority, the House can has the option to defund Obamacare, however, there is there is much political handwringing over a potential and supposed government shut down if defunding is moved forward. The Republicans in the House have a strategic ally in that a majority of Americans are now opposed to Obama Care. They are looking to this one group of elected officials as the only remaining hope to reverse course on this looming disaster.
Five of Florida’s Republican House members have signed Mark Meadow’s letter to John Boehner and Eric Cantor calling on them to move forward with the defunding of Obamacare. These five brave Floridians are: Jeff Miller, Bill Posey, Ron DeSantis, Gus Bilirakis and Ted Yoho. Other Representatives should be encouraged to join the camp of the Mighty Ones. To see Mark Meadow's letter and the names of its signatories click here