◼ On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation in the Senate that would completely defund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. He wasn’t alone in proposing the legislation either. The bill has 19 co-sponsors, all Republicans...
Amazingly simple, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 is only 2 pages.
...Cruz said in a statement that the introduction of the legislation is consistent with his long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare.
“The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake,” said Cruz.
All 45 Republican Senators called for a permanent delay of Obamacare earlier this week in a letter to Barack Obama.
Cruz added, “The Administration’s selective enforcement of Obamacare’s implementation is no indication that the law is going away. To the contrary, it demonstrates the President’s unyielding determination to force the unworkable law on the American people.”
“Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support,” said Cruz. “Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable.”
The Texas senator agreed with the lead Senate Democrat author of Obamacare Max Baucus that Obamacare is a “huge train wreck.”
“President Obama wants to delay the employer mandate – giving large businesses a temporary reprieve from part of Obamacare’s job-killing impact – but he is unwilling to give hardworking American families the same consideration,” Cruz continued. “But everyone, not just large corporations, deserves to be spared being forced to participate in the Obamacare ‘train wreck.’”
(T)here are 19 co-sponsors. Here’s the list.
Sens. Lamar Alexander, (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS)
If your senator isn’t on it, then contact them and ask them why not. ◼ You can contact your senator by clicking here.