Is Obamacare a Dead Issue?

September 23, 2015

 
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The silence was deafening.  Not one question was asked about Obamacare during the second GOP presidential debate. POLITICO reporter Paul Demko, echoing my sentiments, tweeted the moderator, “Jake! Jake? JAKE: What about Obamacare?” The federal government is taking over the practice of medicine, limiting access to care, restricting coverage option, and making coverage unaffordable but apparently CNN thinks Obamacare is a dead issue.
 
Do you? Have you given up? Don’t.
 
Ronald Reagan was right to warn against Medicare. He urged Americans to contact Congress to oppose a 1960 universal health care bill for the elderly. He said,
 
If you don’t, this program I promise you will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day…we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” [Emphasis added.]
 
Americans successfully opposed the 1960 bill, but Medicare (single-payer for seniors) passed in 1965. In 1971, Ted Kennedy held Medicare “cost crisis” hearings and his HMO Act of 1973 established managed care (corporate socialism) nationwide. In 2003 Medicare Advantage (HMOs for seniors) was enacted. In 2010, Obamacare mandated managed care for all, and in 2015, Republicans strengthened Obamacare’s managed care payment-based controls over doctors (MACRA/“Doc Fix”). Do you see the progression of socialized medicine?
 
So who will fight against Obamacare? As DAN BONGINO, our keynote speaker in just four weeks wrote last week, “When Will the GOP Start Fighting?”
 
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had the same question for Senate Republicans at the GOP presidential debate saying“We have got the majority; what good has it done us?...They said they were going to repeal Obamacare. They didn’t…” U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (NC) shot back: “[I]f you want to repeal Obamacare, get a new president” He said President Obama would veto the bill and “we don’t have 67 votes [to override the veto].”
 
That’s a cop-out. An actual repeal is not the point. Republican leaders need to keep the public’s opposition to Obamacare alive and kicking by putting a repeal bill on the President’s desk and forcing him to either sign or veto it. They don’t need 67 votes to get it to his desk. Congress already agreed to repeal Obamacare through budget reconciliation, which needs only 51 votes to pass. The budget conference agreement passed by both the House and the Senate includes these words:
 
“[T]he conference agreement affirms the use of reconciliation for the sole purpose of repealing the president’s job-killing health care law.”
 
Let’s get that repeal bill to Obama before Christmas. Obama understands perfectly that national health care will lead to the end of personal freedom. Please answer the call of Ronald Reagan! Tell your members of Congress to put a bill to fully repeal Obamacare on the President’s desk before Christmas!
 
Aiming for a Christmas repeal bill,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder