RSC Takes up Our Call to Defund Obamacare

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

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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

  1. Adams
  2. Akin
  3. Amash
  4. Amodei
  5. Austria
  6. Bachmann
  7. Barton
  8. Berg
  9. Bishop
  10. Black
  11. Blackburn
  12. Boustany
  13. Brooks
  14. Bucshon
  15. Buerkle
  16. Burton
  17. Canseco
  18. Chabot
  19. Coble
  20. Conaway
  21. Duncan, Jeff
  22. Duncan, John
  23. Farenthold
  24. Fincher
  25. Flake
  26. Fleischmann
  27. Fleming
  28. Flores
  29. Franks
  30. Gardner
  31. Garrett
  32. Gingrey
  33. Gohmert
  34. Gosar
  35. Gowdy
  36. Graves, Tom
  37. Griffin
  38. Hartzler
  39. Huelskamp
  40. Huizenga
  41. Hunter
  42. Johnson, Sam
  43. Jones, Walter B
  44. Jordan
  45. King, Steve
  46. Labrador
  47. Lamborn
  48. Landry
  49. Lankford
  50. Latta
  51. Luetkemeyer
  52. Mack
  53. Manzullo
  54. Marino
  55. McClintock
  56. McKinley
  57. Mica
  58. Miller, Jeff
  59. Mulvaney
  60. Murphy, Tim
  61. Neugebauer
  62. Noem
  63. Nugent
  64. Palazzo
  65. Paul
  66. Pearce
  67. Pitts
  68. Poe
  69. Pompeo
  70. Price, Tom
  71. Quayle
  72. Ribble
  73. Roe
  74. Rokita
  75. Ross, Dennis
  76. Scalise
  77. Schmidt
  78. Schweikert
  79. Scott, Tim
  80. Sensenbrenner
  81. Southerland
  82. Stearns
  83. Stutzman
  84. Sullivan
  85. Walberg
  86. Walsh
  87. West
  88. Westmoreland
  89. Wilson, Joe
  90. Young, C.W. Bill