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Defund Obamacare Now
A disenchanted public worries about the program’s economic devastation.


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Deroy Murdock

Congress possesses the power of the purse, but only if it wields it. And it should do so to defund Obamacare, before this medical Godzilla grows larger and more ferocious.

Republican senators Mike Lee (Utah), Marco Rubio (Florida), Rand Paul (Kentucky), and Ted Cruz (Texas) are leading a valiant effort to pass a continuing resolution in September that will finance the federal government as is but zero out Obamacare. Short of repeal, which Obama surely would veto, this may be the last exit before Obamacare’s New Year’s Day implementation. Once this beast is unleashed, its fire-breathing destruction could become uncontainable.

This initiative, headquartered online at DontFundObamaCare.com, arrives just as Obamacare’s critics have reached a crescendo.

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“One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. . . . The IPAB will cause frustration to providers and patients alike, and it will fail to control costs.”

Was that Rush Limbaugh? Glenn Beck?

Thus wrote Howard Dean, M.D., former presidential candidate and ex-chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Dean explained in July 29’s Wall Street Journal that he likes aspects of Obamacare but considers IPAB a clinical wrecking ball.

“I think if you’re an individual who is satisfied with your health care coverage, you’re probably in a better position to stick with that coverage than go through the change of moving into a different environment and going through that process. . . . I would prefer to stay with the current policy that I’m pleased with, rather than go through a change if I don’t need to go through that change.”

Was that from the latest Ann Coulter rant?

Nope.

That was acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel telling the House Ways and Means Committee on August 1 why he, like many other employees at the tax agency, prefers to keep his generous health coverage rather than join Obamacare — which the IRS is scheduled to begin enforcing on January 1.

Obamacare “will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. . . . We can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.”

Was this penned by tea-party leaders?

In fact, this is from an open letter by the chiefs of the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and UNITE-HERE. These three major labor unions represent some 2.8 million workers. They originally cheered Obamacare. But, to paraphrase former House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s notorious words, once it was passed, they learned what was in it. And now, they are afraid.

As well they should be. Even as it paces its cage and aches to stomp across the U.S. economy, Obamacare already is wreaking havoc.

“One thing that we hear in the commentary that we get . . . is that some employers are hiring part-time in order to avoid the mandate” for insuring staffers who work more than 30 hours weekly, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke testified on Capitol Hill on July 17. The Chicago Fed noted that day that “several retailers reported that the Affordable Care Act would lead to more part-time and temporary versus full-time hiring.” Indeed, even after Obama delayed this law’s employer mandate by one year (autocratically and without the statutory authority to do so), among 75 manufacturers surveyed by the Philadelphia Fed, 5.6 percent plan to sack or not hire workers, to avoid Obamacare’s handcuffs. Another 8.3 percent will shift from full-time to part-time workers, and 18.1 percent will boost outsourcing. Thus, fully 32 percent of these manufacturers say they will not create jobs next year.



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