At the RedState Gathering in New Orleans on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz called for a grassroots effort to persuade Republicans to eliminate funding for President Obama's health care law. Or as he put it, the "biggest and the most important battle 113th Congress is going to face" -- the battle to defund ObamaCare.
Senator Cruz told the gathering of Conservative activists that the best way to defund ObamaCare is with the continuing resolution needed to fund the federal government after the current continuing resolution expires on Sept. 30, 2013.
Senator Cruz and other like-minded Senators have vowed not to vote for any continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare. To be successful 41 Senators or 218 Members of the House must stand together and likewise refuse to fund ObamaCare.
This is how Senator Cruz said this could work:
The House passes a continuing resolution that funds the entire federal government and includes language that explicitly prohibits spending even a penny of federal money, discretionary or mandatory, on ObamaCare.
The next step is that President Obama and Harry Reid will yell and scream that those mean Republicans are threatening to shut down the government. At that point we have to do something different than we've done before. We have to step up and win the argument.
Senator Cruz explained that those opposed to ObamaCare must tell the American people they are not shutting down the government -- they are voting to continue funding the entire federal government except for ObamaCare. They must ask why President Obama is threatening to shut down the government in order to force ObamaCare down the throats of the American people?
"Obama has been willing to grant ObamaCare waivers to giant corporations. Why is Obama threatening to shut down the government to deny that very same waiver to the hard-working families of America?"
Cruz admits that they don't yet have the 41 Senate or 218 House votes to make this work. Some Congressional Republicans are afraid to defund ObamaCare. They fear the President's big bully pulpit and that the main stream media will repeat word for word everything he says:
"So if the President says the Republicans are shutting down the government, the reporters will write that."
Senator Cruz shrugs that off. He points out that the way ObamaCare opponents can win this argument is by a grassroots mobilization of the American people. He urges people to go to the Don't Fund It.com website and sign the petition to tell Congress not to fund ObamaCare. Cruz also wants hundreds of thousands of Americans to call their Senators and members of the House and tell them to "stop saying you oppose ObamaCare and actually stand up and defund it":
"I can’t win this fight. There is no elected politician in Washington who can win this fight. The only people who can win this fight are you. The only people who can win this fight are the American people rising up in overwhelming numbers and saying, 'We want our country back.'"
This Thing Ain't Working
According to Senator Cruz, this is the best time to defund ObamaCare.
ObamaCare is unpopular:
- The always unpopular ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever.
- President Obama's campaign to sell ObamaCare to Americans has failed.
- Leading Democrats have criticized the president's incompetent implementation of ObamaCare.
- Even Democrats are giving up on ObamaCare.
Union's, Obama's most faithful allies, are jumping off the ObamaCare ship:
- James Hoffa, head of the Teamsters, wrote a letter to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying ObamaCare is destroying the 40-hour work week that is the back bone of the middle class.
- The IRS employees' union, whose members are in charge of enforcing ObamaCare, wants out from under ObamaCare.
Last week President Obama went to Capital Hill to meet with Democrat Senators who were begging to be let out from under ObamaCare. And now we know that because of an extra-legal and special deal all the elected elite and their staff will be exempted from the impact of ObamaCare.
Last month Obama was forced to admit the failure of ObamaCare by unilaterally and lawlessly delaying the employer mandate on certain companies until after the 2014 midterm election.
As Senator Cruz notes, if ObamaCare were a good thing, if it were working Obama would want it to be in full force before the 2014 midterm election. "The delay is a tacit admission that this thing ain't working."
Consider this a call to action. Spread the word. Only you can get ObamaCare defunded.