Brooklyn, NY – NYS Conservative Party State Chairman, Michael R. Long, is calling on New York's delegation to Congress and all Members of Congress to defund the Affordable Care Act for America also known as Obamacare.
The Act is not affordable, is a devastating policy for America, and must be defunded now. Never before in the history of our great country has government forced its citizens to buy a product and punish them severely by tax penalties through the Internal Revenue Service.
The Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 and since then the Administration has produced 20,000 pages of rules and regulations and are still issuing more. The Administration, through HHS, diverted $150 million in community health center funding toward Obamacare enrollment and outreach. HHS also created "in-person assisters" – a program not authorized in the Act – to allow state exchanges to use more federal dollars of Obamacare enrollment efforts. Simply put, the efforts to force Americans to purchase Obamacare are un-American.
The only way to end this debacle is to defund all Obamacare implementation efforts across the federal government.
Full defunding is the only way to halt the law's new entitlements before they start – and prevent HHS from raiding other parts of its budget to promote Obamacare.
Full defunding will prevent the 18 separate tax increases, including the tax for not complying with the individual mandate.
We acknowledge that this Administration will never repeal Obamacare, but that does not mean we have to give up. The Constitution grants Congress the ultimate "power of the purse." Congress must defund Obamacare to prevent the Administration from implementing the law.
The House should pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) that forbids spending a dime on implementing Obamacare but keeps the rest of the federal government up and running. The measure would then cross over to the Democrat-controlled Senate, putting the onus to act on the other party. The decision on whether to shut down the government over a single issue - implementing an unworkable, unfair, and unpopular health insurance law-would reside with the Democrats.
Democratic senators, not wanting to take heat for valuing Obamacare above all other government programs combined, should join their Republican colleagues to pass the CR. If President Obama then chooses to veto the measure, any responsibility for a resulting government shutdown would be on him – not on Congress who would be making the right decision.
We cannot afford the Affordable Care Act; Congress must defund Obamacare now.