Since the establishment GOP is promulgating the talking point that supporting U.S. Senator Mike Lee and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s effort to defund Obamacare in the coming Continuing Resolution on 9/30/2013 is ‘crazy’ and ‘politically disastrous’. I wanted to write a piece exposing what will soon happen to millions of Americans if we do not defund Obamacare in the coming CR on 9/30/2013. Unlike what President Obama promised. You can not ‘keep your plan if you like your plan’ and yes ‘someone will take it away from you’. That someone is President Obama via his health care law.
Below I will link to some real world examples of what is beginning to happen because the Obamacare exchanges will be opening on 10/1/13. To begin with, here is a letter that Aetna clients received just last week. These clients will soon be losingtheir health insurance plans and will be forced into the Obamacare exchanges as of 12/31/2013.
Secondly, here is an advance copy of a letter that Humana policy holders will begin receiving this fall. After the September 30, 2013 continuing resolution battle is over. These clients have two options. Either agree to change their existing plan to an Obamacare compliant plan (along with the premium increases required) by December 31, 2013. Or, agree to keep their existing plan until December 31, 2014. They will then be issued an Obamacare compliant plan. Either way, they will be notbe able to keep their existing plans. Exactly the opposite of what President Obama promised.
This is happening right now. Not next year, not in 2015, right now. However, we CAN stop this by defunding the Obamacare exchanges in the coming CR on 9/30/2013.
Thirdly here is a letter that doctors in Illinois just received 2 weeks ago. They too will be losing their health insurance plan because of Obamacare because the exchanges are opening on 10/1/13. They too will be forced into the Obamacare exchanges if we don’t stop funding Obamacare on 9/30/2013.
Just last week I lost the 13th individual health insurer since Obamacare passed. Again, because the most onerous provisions of Obamacare will begin on 1/1/14 if we do not stop it. See this insurance company’s exit letter here.We can reversemuch of this by defunding Obamacare in the coming CR on 9/30/2013. The other individual health insurers who have pulled out of the individual health insurance market since the passage of Obamacare are as follows.
1.) American National
2.) American Republic > 35,000 people LOST their health plans when American Republic exited the market. Hundreds of jobs were lost as well.
3.) American Medical Security
4.) American Community Mutual
5.) Standard Life & Accident
6.) Principle Financial
8.) World Insurance
10.) Guarantee Trust Life < One of my clients in Naperville, Illinois who received that letter lost her plan during Breast Cancer treatment!
12.) Physicians Benefit Trust
13.) Independence Holding Group
Obamacare is creating a massive insurance monopoly. These smaller carriers that I used to be able to offer to my clients, the carriers with the good prices are now gone. They are being gobbled up by the larger carriers. Obamacare must be stopped now. Unlike the talking points being promulgated by the establishment GOP both discretionary and mandatory spending for Obamacare can be stopped via an amendment penned by Senator Ted Cruz which can be attached to the coming Continuing Resolution on September 30, 2013. WATCH Senator Cruz explain exactly what he has prepared to stop discretionary AND mandatory spending for Obamacare on 9/30/2013.
We can not count on any of our Illinois U.S. House reps to stand with principled men like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee on 9/30/2013 because each and every one of them have been voting to fund Obamacare for the last 3 years. You will find their recorded votes in every Continuing Resolution since their first chance to defund Obamacare in HJRes48 on March 15, 2011 here > http://twitpic.com/d3zi33 If you think this Obamacare funding by Republicans is isolated to Illinois, you could not be more mistaken. Click here to see how many times your Congressman voted to fund Obamacare since HJRes48. Be sure to track their votes from 2011 forward. Check every year since then as well.
You see, HJRes48 was Republican’s first chance to defund Obamacare after gaining a majority in the House of Congress where spending originates in January 2011. This majority was EARNED by us. It was then given to Republicans. What have they done with it? They have voted again and again to fund Obamacare during every Continuing Resolution and debt ceiling deal. Please do not buy into the talking points used by Congressional reps who have stated that “I have voted to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times. Just look at my voting record to repeal Obamacare!” Many are referring constituents to this link which contains their recorded votes to repeal Obamacare.
Repealing Obamacare and defunding Obamacare are two entirely differentthings. The more than 30 repeal votes have gone nowhere. This is because U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid will not allow these repeal votes to come to the floor in the U.S. Senate. These votes are purely symbolic. This is why it takes no courage to vote for these repeal votes. The real courage is in defundingObamacare. This is what these Reps and Senators must now do to protect all of us from what is coming in a few short months under Obamacare.
Defunding Obamacare means attaching the legislative rider that has been penned by Senator Ted Cruz to the continuing resolution on 9/30/2013 that prohibits any funds from being spent on any activities to implement or enforce Obamacare. It will also rescind any unspent balances that have already been appropriated for implementation of Obamacare. Lastly, it turns off the exchange subsidy and new Medicaid spending that are on auto-pilot. In other words both discretionary and mandatory spending for Obamacare comes to a screeching halt.
Why is this crucial now? According to the CRS – Congressional Research Service – the Obamacare legislation provided $1 billion in mandatory implementation funding when it was enacted, HHS projects that theses fund have already been spent.According to CRS, Obamacare “administrative costs will have to be funded through the annual discretionary appropriations.” This means HHS needs more money to implement Obamacare. It is now up to our Republican Reps and Senators to make sure they do not get it.
Now is the time to take a stand. The excuses these Reps and Senators have used in the past have been “Obama won’t get reelected so we don’t have to take a stand right now” so let’s vote to fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood in this CR. Or, “The Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare so let’s not take a stand now” let’s vote to fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood in this CR as well.” Those excuses are over and in less than 60 days the full weight of Obamacare will be doled out on the American people. Americans all over the nation will lose their health insurance plans. All because the exchanges are opening around the country in less than 60 days.
WHAT ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE:
DELAYING Obamacare needs Democrat support. DEFUNDING Obamacare needs NO Democrat support!
Listen to the establishment talking heads who are attacking Senator Cruz and Senator Lee for attempting to educate the public on the necessity of defunding Obamacare coming on 9/30/2013. If you know nothing else, the fact that Joe Scarborough supports not defunding Obamacare in the CR should be all you need to know. Listen to the “Morning Joe” attack here.
Below I discuss the massive fraud that will soon be perpetrated on the American taxpayer now that Barack Obama, again via Executive fiat, changed Obamacare so that now there will be no income verification process when millions of Americans enter into the exchanges on 10/1/13.
This ruling by fiat means millions of Americans have now been given an incentive to lie about their actual income levels and get thousands of dollars more in taxpayerfunds to artificially lower the cost of Obamacare approved health insurance.
Below, I discuss how the IRS is writing new law empowering themselves with powers they were not given in the original Obamacare legislation. They did this so that they can penalize employers in the 26 states that have rejected a state based exchange. The IRS is not a Legislative branch. They can not write new law! This is legislative tyranny and it must be stopped. If we do not stand for what is rightnow, all of this will be implemented beginning 10/1/13 when Obamacare exchanges open.
Again by Executive fiat, without Congressional approval. Barack Obama allowed Congress and their staffers a waiver from Obamacare. So that now, when they losetheir Congressional health plans and are forced into the Obamacare exchanges we the people will be paying 75% of the cost of their Obamacare health insurance plans. Again, now is the time to defund not repeal Obamacare.
Lastly, neither Senator Ted Cruz nor Senator Mike Lee are calling for ‘shutting down the government’. They wish to fund all of the normal functions of government, social security, military, entitlement funding etc. Everything but Obamacare. The decision to ‘shut down the government’ would only be made by President Obama. Again, it isnot our desire to do so. Unlike the rhetoric from the establishment GOP, historical precedent proves that Republicans have benefited politically when a government shut down occurs. The Heritage Institute has provided other excellent talking pointsto refute the rhetoric coming from those in the establishment who are against the common sense effort to defund Obamacare in the coming Continuing Resolution on 9/30/2013.
ACTION ITEMS. August 9, 2013 UPDATE: To defund Obamacare in the coming Continuing Resolution on 9/30/2013 we will need cooperation from both chambers of our U.S. Congress. The House and the Senate.The bill that your U.S. House Rep needs to support is HR2682. There are now 138 cosponsors. The only rep in Illinois who has signed this pledge thus far is Congressman Randy Hultgren. THANK YOU Congressman Hultgren for LEADING the way: View HR2682 here.
To view the names and phone numbers of the 96 House Republicans who will be voting to fund Obamacare again on 9/30/13 unless they hear from you click here.
The pledge that your U.S. Senator needs to sign is Mike Lee’s pledge. View it here.
Please note: Senator Ted Cruz has a bill to defund Obamacare and many conservative organizations have said they fully support that bill. However, the Cruz bill alone is not enough! Senator Cruz also signed Lee’s letter. So now has Senator John Thune. So if you call your Senator’s office and are told that he/she has signed on as a cosponsor of Cruz’s bill to defund Obamacare you must tell them that it is imperative that they ALSO sign Lee’s letter – and do so TODAY! The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044.
Here are your target lists:Senators on the Cruz bill, but not on the Lee letter.
Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Chambliss, Graham, Heller, Isakson, Johanns, McConnell, Moran, Roberts, Scott,Toomey.
Call those Senators and ask that they sign the Mike Lee letter. Tell them you think it is important for them to sign that letter or you will presume they will fund Obamacare.
Click here to listen to the Illinois Tea Party conference call on defunding Obamacare.