Romano: The GOP’s Only Obamacare Option
House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) would do well to embrace new legislation introduced by Rep. Tom Graves (R-Georgia) that funds the government, and defunds and delays implementation of Obamacare until 2015.
It is the only continuing resolution on the table at the moment that achieves the simultaneous goals of avoiding a government shutdown while giving the American people a reprieve from being funneled into government-run, taxpayer-funded health care.
In a statement Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens praised the legislation and asked for support: “We urge all members to cosponsor this legislation and stand firm behind Rep. Graves effort.”
The bill as drafted defunds the discretionary aspects of the health care law pursuant to the administration of the law for one year, and puts a year delay on the execution of its mandatory aspects like the Medicaid expansion and the insurance state exchange subsidies. It would keep the total current sequestration level for discretionary spending for 2014.
For Boehner and Cantor, this is likely the only plan that will keep House Republicans together on the fight over the continuing resolution. It is an eminently tenable proposition, which is that if the White House is delaying Obamacare for big business, the unions, and special interests for a year, then the American people deserve the same treatment.
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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.