Congress still has not found the guts to repeal the law they all promised to rip out root and branch…

I’m not sure who I find more frustrating: The timid RINOs in Congress who are afraid of their own shadows or the Marxist leftists demanding more free stuff from more big government.

Congress still has not found the guts to repeal the law they all promised to rip out root and branch…
By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

Each week that passes, I hope to be able to bring you good news on Obamacare repeal; but each week Congress disappoints again, with more talk and no repeal.  Although Congress still has not found the guts to repeal the law they all promised to rip out root and branch when they were running for office, their leadership came up with a secret plan for repeal. It was so secret that even other representatives in Congress could not see it until this past Monday evening.

This lack of transparency happened because duplicitous Congressional leaders obviously do not intend to keep their word to the American people and fully repeal Obamacare.  Instead, it seems that they have again bought into the liberal narrative that government is the answer rather than the free market.

Every single elected representative who previously voted to fully repeal Obamacare when Obama was still the president but now drag their feet and opt for keeping parts of this terrible law is a charlatan. When they knew Obama would veto the legislation, they voted for full repeal.  However, now that full repeal is actually possible, they refuse to even pass the same language they already voted on in 2015.  These people are frauds who never really wanted to repeal Obamacare. They just wanted to use Obamacare as a gimmick to get votes.

Be ready to fight like hell if they try to keep any parts of Obamacare.  We have had enough false inducement.

  • No slacker mandate. We don’t want government forcing some Americans to pay an extra $1200 for others who want to keep their “children” on their plans until they’re 26 years old.  We have had enough of the government’s income redistribution schemes.
  • No federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid.  Medicaid is already a doomed program and needs to be cut, not expanded.
  • No government subsidies to insurance companies. Washington is broke guys. Stop overspending.
  • No refundable, advanceable tax credits. These misnamed “tax credits” proposed by Congress are just welfare and allow for government payments to be made to people who do not even pay taxes, similar to the EITC that is already so abused and costly.  Do not be fooled by the term “tax credit.” This is just trading a Democrat entitlement for a GOP entitlement.

I’m not sure who I find more frustrating: The timid RINOs in Congress who are afraid of their own shadows or the Marxist leftists demanding more free stuff from more big government.

Watching some of these recent televised town hall meetings, with the sometimes scripted and always ignorant public comments from needy liberals, reminds me how futile arguing with ideologues can be.  They want it, so they believe they have a right to it – whatever “it” is.  That right must exist just because they feel that it should.

The long train of rights to which liberals feel entitled grows and changes like a twitter feed.  One day it is the right to invade the privacy of the opposite sex restrooms and change genders at will, like a chameleon changes colors.  The next day it is the right to force others to pay for part or all of your health insurance costs.

Since all or part of Obamacare may hopefully soon be on the GOP chopping block, lately the right to have the Federal Government force others to pay for the cost of your insurance has been the main focus of the raucous, squawking leftists at the town halls.  Explaining to these folks that Obamacare is a mandate to buy insurance and is not medical care, and that it actually diminishes access to medical care is as useless as yelling into the wind.  It is like explaining to my dog that he does not need a treat. My well-thought-out and brilliantly presented facts about daily calorie intake and their negative impact on my dog’s weight and his health don’t faze him a bit.  He still demands the treat.

Nonetheless, facts still do matter.  So many of the leftist allegations are baseless.

  • When you hear them say that their children will lose coverage, remember that those children are already likely covered by CHIP.
  • Remember when they claim that a senior will lose coverage, that that person is already covered by Medicare.
  • When they say that millions will be kicked off of Medicaid, remember that millions of able-bodied, working-age people should not be on Medicaid in the first place.
  • When they say that government must provide this safety net to all, remember that any individual state is welcome to do so, but the Federal Government is not, because no part of Obamacare is an enumerated power delegated to the Federal government by the Constitution.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio-based Allen Tharp LLC and the Olde England’s Lion & Rose, as well as a minority partner in a chain of quick-service chicken restaurants called Golden Chick. It is noteworthy that Allen’s endeavors provide approximately 1,000 local jobs to San Antonians and pump almost $30 million into the local economy annually.
Having worked for over 27 years with the restaurant industry, he has served as a liaison for government and legislative affairs, as a speaker at various restaurant industry conferences, and is an active member of the president’s forum within his industry’s professional association. Mr. Tharp holds a B.A. degree in political science.

One Response to "Congress still has not found the guts to repeal the law they all promised to rip out root and branch…"

  1. Dave R  March 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    No doubt we have establishment Repubs and Dems who are both committed to “big-government” control. To hear that “repeal” includes keeping expensive schemes (I.e. coverage of pre-existing conditions) is just ridiculous. I would start laughing except I’m realizing that the joke is on us over-taxed citizens.
    In the end, I think we have to collectively blame ourselves. We are not outraged enough to have enough folks call our congressman and complain about the expense of this continued welfare mentality and entitlements. Nothing will change unless enough people demand it.

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