Update: We’ll be updating this post as more members sign the letter. There are now 90 signatures!
Immediately following the Supreme Court’s perverted ruling, we issued a call for conservatives to pressure their House members to defund Obamacare. While we need control over all levers of government to repeal Obamacare, we are able to defund Obamacare with control over just the House. All we have to do is stick with the House budget that doesn’t fund Obamacare, and refuse to negotiate with Democrats until they strip Obamacare funding out of the bill.
Thankfully, RSC Chairman Jim Jordan and Michele Bachmann have taken up the call to defund. They are circulating a letter to leadership asking them to refuse any funding in the appropriations bills that will help implement Obamacare. At present, there are 55 members signed onto the letter. Please ask your member to sign on.
Below the fold is a copy of the letter and those members who signed onto it:
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