6 Reasons Why Refusing To Fund Obamacare Is A Good Strategy

by Lisa Mathews | July 30th, 2013

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6 Reasons Why Refusing To Fund Obamacare Is A Good Strategy

Sen­a­tors Lee, Cruz and Rubio have got­ten a lot of atten­tion recently with their asser­tion that this is the last chance to rid the world of Oba­macare. In the upcom­ing debt nego­ti­a­tions, they are offer­ing a strat­egy to refuse to fund Oba­macare, even if that means shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment. Now, no one wants the gov­ern­ment to shut down, but this may come down to who blinks first. Already pun­dits and some Repub­li­cans are say­ing that this is a bad strat­egy claim­ing that Obama will win even­tu­ally and Repub­li­cans will have another pub­lic defeat that will be dif­fi­cult to recover from. In the end, some say, the GOP loses.

I say non­sense. Here are 6 rea­sons why this is a good strat­egy and we should stand behind it:

1) This really is the last chance to sub­stan­tially weaken the law. Democ­rats knew all those years ago that they needed to build in a phased approach to the law. Let’s face it, if Obamacare’s imple­men­ta­tion had gone any more quickly, we may have still had the back­bone needed to do some­thing about it. But, as it stands, years have gone by and sleepy-​eyed mem­bers of Con­gress are tired of fight­ing Obama, tired of los­ing. How­ever, since the law has not been imple­mented yet fully (though the fed­eral worker bees have been busy prep­ping to take over the free mar­ket ever since the bill was signed into law), the GOP does have a card to play here. We would be dumb to not use it to its full advantage.

2) We already lost the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. There seems to be per­pet­ual hand-​wringing and whin­ing in the Repub­li­can Party. It goes some­thing like this, “if the GOP stands up against Obama, Obama will win and it will make us look bad and lose the next elec­tion. We can’t let that hap­pen, so we need to look like we are work­ing with him.” This is the most asi­nine logic I’ve ever heard. First of all, it doesn’t work. We already lost! There is noth­ing we can do to go back and win. And, giv­ing in to Obama has got­ten us noth­ing. In 5 years, I chal­lenge any­one to think of what the GOP has gained strate­gi­cally by com­pro­mis­ing to Obama. I can’t think of anything.

3) The law is so bad that it is worth any polit­i­cal risk. I’m not going to go back and con­jure up all of the reports that show how bad this law is. You can go Google or Bing that your­self. How­ever, at this point it is well-​known that this law will have a sub­stan­tial neg­a­tive impact on our econ­omy, on jobs and busi­nesses, and on the health­care indus­try as a whole. Is any­one con­fused about that?

4291562_eagle_and_american_flag) Oba­macare con­tracts our free­dom. Make no mis­take, this is the def­i­n­i­tion of social­ism. The Exec­u­tive Branch should not have the power to man­date what­ever rules it wants to the health­care indus­try. Going for­ward, the gov­ern­ment gets to design cov­er­age for all Amer­i­cans the way that it wants. The free mar­ket is no longer at play here and peo­ple are forced to pay for what­ever the gov­ern­ment deems to be “basic manda­tory cov­er­age.” I’m not con­fused about how bad the health care indus­try was before Oba­macare was passed. But, let’s face it, this takes an exist­ing prob­lem, mul­ti­plies it by infin­ity, and then per­pet­u­ates it into eternity.

Oba­macare is also a threat to reli­gious lib­erty. This is no sur­prise. Any­time the gov­ern­ment expands its reach, reli­gious lib­erty is at risk. The con­tra­cep­tive man­date is only the begin­ning. What other reli­giously con­tro­ver­sial man­dates will come out of the Obama (or any future lib­eral) admin­is­tra­tion that offend peo­ple of faith?

5) If the GOP loses short-​term, we win long-​term. The fact is that this may not work. How­ever, does the GOP become a strong party again by doing what­ever Democ­rats want? This bat­tle gives us an oppor­tu­nity to stand together and fight for some­thing. It shows vot­ers that this Party is not in retreat. It pro­vides us with fuel for next year’s elec­tions. Doing noth­ing will only hurt us next year. I’m sad about last Novem­ber just like every­one else, but the reports of the GOP’s long and slow death are only going to end up being accu­rate if we let them.

obama6) Some­times you just have to do what is right. If we don’t fight for this, then MSNBC has won, Obama and his Chicago thug­gery have won, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and their dis­hon­est cram-​down-​our-​throats tac­tics have won, and who we are as a party (or as a nation) may never be the same. There is a time for com­pro­mise, and that time has passed. The Pres­i­dent didn’t com­pro­mise when he forced his will on the Amer­i­can peo­ple with this bloated takeover of the health care indus­try. We can­not com­pro­mise as we fight back.

Repub­li­cans, this is about doing what is right and doing it now. Visit the site dont​fun​doba​macare​.com and see where your Sen­a­tor stands.

Lisa @ Amer​i​cais​Con​ser​v​a​tive​.org (This post is a reprint of the orig­i­nal from Amer​i​cais​Con​ser​v​a​tive​.org.)

Senators Lee, Cruz and Rubio have gotten a lot of attention recently with their assertion that this is the last chance to rid the world of Obamacare. In the upcoming debt negotiations, they are offering a strategy to refuse to fund Obamacare, even if that means shutting down the government.  Now, no one wants the government to shut down, but this may come down to who blinks first.  Already pundits and some Republicans are saying that this is a bad strategy claiming that Obama will win eventually and Republicans will have another public defeat that will be difficult to recover from.  In the end, some say, the GOP loses.

I say nonsense. Here are 6 reasons why this is a good strategy and we should stand behind it:

1) This really is the last chance to substantially weaken the law.  Democrats knew all those years ago that they needed to build in a phased approach to the law.  Let’s face it, if Obamacare’s implementation had gone any more quickly, we may have still had the backbone needed to do something about it.  But, as it stands, years have gone by and sleepy-eyed members of Congress are tired of fighting Obama, tired of losing.  However, since the law has not been implemented yet fully (though the federal worker bees have been busy prepping to take over the free market ever since the bill was signed into law), the GOP does have a card to play here.  We would be dumb to not use it to its full advantage.

2)  We already lost the Presidential election. There seems to be perpetual hand-wringing  and whining in the Republican Party.  It goes something like this, “if the GOP stands up against Obama, Obama will win and it will make us look bad and lose the next election.  We can’t let that happen, so we need to look like we are working with him.”  This is the most asinine logic I’ve ever heard.  First of all, it doesn’t work.  We already lost!  There is nothing we can do to go back and win.  And, giving in to Obama has gotten us nothing.  In 5 years, I challenge anyone to think of what the GOP has gained strategically by compromising to Obama.  I can’t think of anything.

 3) The law is so bad that it is worth any political risk.  I’m not going to go back and conjure up all of the reports that show how bad this law is.  You can go Google or Bing that yourself.  However, at this point it is well-known that this law will have a substantial negative impact on our economy, on jobs and businesses, and on the healthcare industry as a whole.  Is anyone confused about that?

4291562_eagle_and_american_flag) Obamacare contracts our freedom.  Make no mistake, this is the definition of socialism.  The Executive Branch should not have the power to mandate whatever rules it wants to the healthcare industry.  Going forward, the government gets to design coverage for all Americans the way that it wants. The free market is no longer at play here and people are forced to pay for whatever the government deems to be “basic mandatory coverage.”  I’m not confused about how bad the health care industry was before Obamacare was passed.  But, let’s face it, this takes an existing problem, multiplies it by infinity, and then perpetuates it into eternity.

Obamacare is also a threat to religious liberty.  This is no surprise.  Anytime the government expands its reach, religious liberty is at risk.  The contraceptive mandate is only the beginning.  What other religiously controversial mandates will come out of the Obama (or any future liberal) administration that offend people of faith?

 5) If the GOP loses short-term, we win long-term.  The fact is that this may not work.  However, does the GOP become a strong party again by doing whatever Democrats want?  This battle gives us an opportunity to stand together and fight for something.  It shows voters that this Party is not in retreat.  It provides us with fuel for next year’s elections.  Doing nothing will only hurt us next year.  I’m sad about last November just like everyone else, but the reports of the GOP’s long and slow death are only going to end up being accurate if we let them.

 obama6) Sometimes you just have to do what is right.  If we don’t fight for this, then MSNBC has won, Obama and his Chicago thuggery have won, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and their dishonest cram-down-our-throats tactics have won, and who we are as a party (or as a nation) may never be the same.  There is a time for compromise, and that time has passed.  The President didn’t compromise when he forced his will on the American people with this bloated takeover of the health care industry.  We cannot compromise as we fight back.

Republicans, this is about doing what is right and doing it now.  Visit the site dontfundobamacare.com and see where your Senator stands.

Lisa @ AmericaisConservative.org (This post is a reprint of the original from AmericaisConservative.org.)

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