127 House Republicans Urge Leaders to Defund ObamaCare
127 House Republicans, led by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04), wrote to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor today urging them not to advance any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare.
“Americans have made it clear they don't like ObamaCare.” said Jordan. “Every single piece of this law needs to go.”
“The House of Representatives holds the purse strings. Now that the House has voted to fully repeal ObamaCare, we should continue to do everything within our power to defund this bureaucratic power grab,” said Bachmann. “ObamaCare increases healthcare costs, takes away patient freedom, and hurts America’s job creators – we should not rest until its implementation is blocked.”
The text of the letter is included below. A digital copy and list of signers are available here.
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor,
We are outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rewrite and largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), as we know you are as well. And we know that our sentiments are in line with the vast majority of Americans who believe that healthcare should be controlled by patients and doctors, not by the government.
We appreciate your willingness to schedule a vote on the full repeal of ObamaCare. We should continue efforts to repeal the law in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful. However, in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.
Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity. We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.
In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that the “power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon ... for obtaining a redress of every grievance…” We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working closely with you to address defunding one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.