Erick Erickson over at Red State says that Republicans in the House and Senate are set to break with two elections worth of campaign promises and the rationale behind their current majority in the House of Representatives to “endorse Obamacare and approve its funding.”
Now keep in mind this is Red State, and Erickson tends to – what’s the term I’m looking for – panic post. Not that he’s technically wrong about things when he does it, mind you. He just sometimes presents things in the most terrifying way possible.
That said, if Republicans are going to cave on Obamacare, accept it as permanent and talk it up as a vital and cherished part of American society like every other entitlement program the Democrats have rammed through since the beginning of time, then that is kind of terrifying. The plan that the President and Congressional Democrats promised in 2009 would “not add one dime to the deficit” is now projected to add $6.2 TRILLION to the deficit over the next 10 years.
In fact, House conservatives, not just the general rank and file Republicans, appear set to endorse Obamacare and approve its funding. Yes, even former Republican Study Committee (“RSC”) Chairmen Jeb Hensarling, Tom Price, and Jim Jordan along with present RSC Chairman Steve Scalise will do so, but I’m sure ACU will give them sufficiently high “conservative” scores to hide behind like they did with Mitch McConnell.
Giving RINOs like Mike Fitzpatrick cover is kind of epidemic over at ACU.
Republicans promised to defund Obamacare. They lied. Now we are at the end of the rope. If we don’t engage in a fight to the death over funding for Obamacare, it will forever be enshrined in the welfare state; it will forever relegate us to lethargic growth; it will forever make private healthcare unaffordable.
Next week, the House will be voting on the CR to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. […] Unlike some of the frauds in Congress these days and some real conservatives who have lost their testicular fortitude to fight, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (OK) and Tim Huelskamp (KS) actually take their campaign pledges seriously. […] They have circulated a letter calling on Boehner to block all funding for Obamacare in the CR. Now we will find out who is down for the struggle. Call your Republican members of Congress and ask them if they plan to sign this letter or if they’d like to participate in the decline of our country.
Republicans in the House are going to pass a continuing resolution in which they will endorse Obamacare and its funding. That is a fact. Congressmen like Jim Jordan (OH), Tom Graves (GA), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tom Cotton (AR), Raul Labrador (ID) and so many others conservatives will probably vote for the rule to ensure the continuing resolution passes, then vote against it on the floor to claim they really did not endorse Obamacare.
Without the Senate and Presidency we can’t win the war against Obamacare right now. It doesn’t mean we have to stop fighting battles against it, though, especially considering it’s one of the few issues the majority low information voters actually agree with us on.