Senator Mitch McConnell On ObamaCare

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare, Press

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Confused? We are too.  Earlier today, we put out a press release asking Senator McConnell to clarify a few things for voters in Kentucky.

Senator McConnell on Obamacare In His Own Words

 Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Mitch McConnell’s continual refusal to defund Obamacare:

 McConnell: “I’m for stopping Obamacare, but shutting down the government will not stop Obamacare.  Most of it is permanent law and not affected by that.” 8/13/13 WYMT –TV

“Mitch McConnell is using the non-sequitur and Democrat talking point of a government shutdown,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “The goal here is not to shut down the government; it is to use our only leverage point to shut down Obamacare.  All spending bills must originate in the House – the body that is controlled by Republicans.  The Framer designed it that way so that the body of government closest to the people would have the power over the purse strings.  The House needs to pass a bill funding the government sans Obamacare.   If Senate Democrats want to shut down the government in order to throw people off their health insurance and chase doctors out of the field, that is their prerogative.  Senator McConnell should work with the House to fund the government except for Obamacare instead of cutting a last-minute deal with Harry Reid or Joe Biden.”

“Also, McConnell is misleading the public when asserting that mandatory spending cannot be stopped in a budget bill.  The House can pass a CR to fully fund the federal government sans Obamacare.  Many budget bills contain numerous policy riders that can prohibit specific funding even for mandatory programs.  For example, in 2011, House Republicans originally passed a Continuing Resolution that contained such a rider. [H. Con. Res. 35 to H.R. 1, RC# 270, 4/14/2011].”

“Furthermore, according to the Congressional Research Service [page 5], Obamacare will need a substantial sum of discretionary appropriations just to implement the thousands of pages of regulations and the healthcare exchanges.  CRS notes that HHS projected that all the mandatory funds for implementation ‘would be obligated by the end of FY2012.’ Thereafter, ACA administrative costs will have to be funded through annual discretionary appropriations.”

McConnell: There are a handful of things in the 2,700-page bill [Obamacare] that probably are okay.”  8/13/13 WYMT – TV

“When it comes to policy issues, Senator McConnell always likes to speak in generalities and platitudes, declining to specify his position when it counts even though he is the GOP Senate Leader, “ said Horowitz.  “Senator McConnell should let the Kentucky voters know which parts of Obamacare are good in his estimation.  Earlier this year, McConnell said ‘Obamacare should be repealed root and branch.’  How can he repeal it root and branch if he likes parts of the law?”

McConnell: “[A government shutdown] It also wouldn’t stop the [Obamacare] taxes. Taxes that are going in on medical devices, taxes that are going in on health insurance premiums.” 8/13/13 WYMT –

“It’s laughable that Senator McConnell is concerned about the Obamacare tax increases,” stated Horowitz. “He wasn’t concerned about the tax increases that took effect this year when he negotiated the tax increases with Joe Biden and failed to get anything in return, such as a repeal of the Obamacare tax hikes in 2013“The new taxes in 2013 include a cap on the Medical Itemized Deduction, a cap on private flexible savings accounts, a 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, a 3.8% surtax on investment income for those earning more than 200k, and a .9% increase in the Medicare payroll tax for the rich.  After agreeing to give Joe Biden $620 billion in tax increases affected 80% of Americans [Roll call 659, 1/1/2013], McConnell failed to extract a single concession from the Vice President on the Obamacare fiscal cliff tax increases.”

***Here is the full Mitch McConnell timeline of Flip-Flops on Obamacare***

  • In December 2010, Senator McConnell voted against a budget bill [RC#289], citing its funding for Obamacare as the reason for his opposition: “It’s got more than a half a billion dollars in it for the Democratic health care bill that we passed last year. The 2,700 page bill that looks pretty much like this. It’s got a half a billion dollars in it for that health care bill that we passed last year. An ever-growing number of Americans looking at that health care bill would like for us to repeal it, not fund it.”– Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 12/16/10 on why he voted against the FY2011 omnibus appropriations bill
  • Yet, he voted for the FY 2011 CR on March 17, 2011, even though it contained funding for Obamacare that same fiscal year. [RC#44] On that very same day, McConnell delivered a speech about the ills of Obamacare, declining to mention the same issue with funding he expressed four months before, despite the vote on the budget bill that day.
  • He voted for a similar Continuing Resolution for FY 2012 later that year [RC#153, 9/26/2011].  Once again, in his floor remarks that day, McConnell declined to mention the funding for Obamacare.
  • Throughout 2012, McConnell blocked efforts by conservatives to force votes on repealing Obamacare, thereby making this unpopular program an election issue.  McConnell didn’t want to anger Harry Reid. [The Hill, 03/01/12]
  • March 2013 – On March 20, McConnell said on the senate floor, “anyone who thinks we’ve given up that fight is dead wrong.” Yet, on the same day, he, once again, voted for a CR containing funding for Obamacare [RC # 44, 03/20/13]
  • Summer 2013 – Despite his promise to uproot Obamacare “root and branch,” McConnell tells a reporter there are parts of the law that are OK. [8/13/13 WYMT –].
  • Despite promising never to give up the fight, Mitch McConnell fights against conservatives who want to defund Obamacare at the last opportunity before the law takes effect.

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