Will a doctor help kill Obamacare?
Granted, he is a doctor of jurisprudence, not a doctor of medicine. But Senator Ted Cruz has the right prescription for what ails America about this big sprawling mess of a law that authorizes the biggest federal bureaucracy in the history of the republic, if not the planet.
Dr. Cruz has diagnosed the patient’s condition as terminal, and no heroic measures are in order to save it. Congress has the opportunity to defund Obamacare with the next continuing resolution.
Congress must pass a continuing resolution to fund government agencies when Congress cannot agree on a formal appropriations bill. The continuing resolution authorizes federal spending until the resolution expires or until Congress passes a budget.
Earlier this week, word leaked that House Republican leadership devised a strategy to provide cover for lawmakers wanting to cast a symbolic vote against Obamacare without running the risk of an actual showdown with the White House. They would like to pass a continuing resolution with an addendum that defunds Obamacare, which Sen. Reid can strip out. Cruz, on the other hand, would like to see a clean continuing resolution that funds all of the government except for Obamacare.
Obamacare’s statutory life began with sleazy political gamesmanship and unconscionable pay-offs, and the legal monster infamously survived its brush with death at the Supreme Court due to the malpractice of another juris doctor who claimed “neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments” and refused to “protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Since then, the Obama administration has kept the law alive using unconventional procedures and invasive methods. Over the summer, as the enrollment date loomed, the administration took a blunt instrument to the employer mandate and antifraud provisions, temporarily excising those tumors from the law Congress enacted.
Still, we continue to see the effects of central planning on one-sixth of our country’s economy, despite promises that citizens can “keep the plan you like” at an affordable price.
That was how Obamacare was justified. Lower prices and greater access to healthcare. Yet the reality is the exact opposite.
Senator Cruz tells Americans what the Obama administration doesn’t want us to hear: Obamacare is on life support. Time to pull the plug on this brain-dead law. The monster can go gently into the night. There will be beauty on the other side.
Cruz’s prescription is a continuing resolution — the budgetary measure that will keep the federal government operating — funding everything save for Obamacare.