The Republican Party has a problem. It has spent the last three-and-a-half years vowing to undo by any means necessary the anti-free market, anti-freedom abomination known as “Obamacare.” Yet now that this goal is within its grasp, the GOP leadership is refusing to do the one thing that would actually block the new law from taking effect: Defunding it.
We wrote recently concerning this conundrum, arguing that this was the “last line in the sand” for a Republican establishment which has time and again betrayed its stated convictions, its campaign promises and most importantly, the American taxpayers.
Republicans caved on bailouts. They caved on the debt ceiling. They caved on the “fiscal cliff.” And now they are caving on Obamacare. Of course in typical GOP fashion, they are doing everything within their power to make it look like they’re not caving.
Specifically, GOP leaders in Washington, D.C. are pushing what’s called a “rider” to an upcoming budget resolution that will defund Obamacare.
Great, right? Sure … except GOP “Majority” Leader Eric Cantor will reportedly adopt a rule ensuring this “rider” remains separate from the spending resolution – enabling the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate to reject it and send the legislation straight to Obama’s desk for signature.
This will allow “Republicans” in the U.S. House to cast a symbolic vote to defund Obamacare – without actually defunding it.
How clever of them, right? Wrong …
Pro-taxpayer groups weren’t fooled.
“This is an insult to the intelligence of the American people,” said Nathan Mehrens of Americans for Limited Government. “This is nothing more than a trick by House leadership to pretend to defund Obamacare without actually doing so.”
Indeed … if the GOP is serious about defunding this abomination, then it needs to defund it. Not pretend to defund it.
The only way to do that? Pass a clean budget resolution …