Here we are again.
unnecessary crisis. A proposal that maintains the status quo. Very little
time to read and evaluate the bill. No time to explain it to
This is Washington. It is exactly
the kind of thing the American people are fed up with and exactly why
several of my colleagues and I began the effort to defund and delay
Obamacare back in July.
It appears that this particular
fight will end much the same way Obamacare began: in a last-minute deal,
negotiated in back rooms, then forced on Congress and the American
The Washington Establishment can�t bring
itself to believe that this is why Congress has a poor approval rating �
because Washington doesn�t listen to the American people. It
ignores them. And when the American people can no longer be ignored,
the administration shuts down national parks, blocks veterans from
going to their own memorials, uses the IRS to target certain groups, and
holds hostage critical funding for cancer research, low-income women
and children, veterans� health benefits, border security, and our
It is shameful how Washington treats the
American people and the people are right to be upset about
The media keeps asking, was it worth it? My answer is that it
is always worth it to do the right thing. Fighting against an
abusive government in defense of protecting our individual rights and
freedoms is always the right thing.
Some say we shouldn�t
have fought because we couldn�t win. But this country wasn�t built
by fighting only when victory was certain. In fact, some of the
most important victories in our history were the result of fighting
battles against significant odds.
And even if victory
seemed difficult or impossible, that wouldn�t excuse me or anyone else
from doing the right thing. Avoiding difficult battles is how we
ended up in this mess � $17 trillion in debt, out-of-control spending, a
broken entitlement system, a tax code no one understands � all
because Washington is willing to act only when there is guaranteed political
When the avoidance of political risk
becomes our dominant motivation, only the Washington establishment
wins. And the American people lose.
Washington, victories are rarely immediate and very few are permanent.
Obamacare wasn�t enacted overnight and it won�t be repealed
overnight. We must remind the American people of the harmful effects of
this law at every opportunity if we are ever going to see it
The best case against Obamacare is proving to be Obamacare
We have repeatedly warned that the American
people will be shocked when they realize the way the president has misled
them about Obamacare.
The embarrassing rollout of
the exchanges doesn�t even scratch the surface. Every day brings a new
story of a family whose deductible has doubled, or a married couple
that can�t keep the plan they have, or a business that can no longer
provide insurance, or workers who are seeing their hours cut or losing
their jobs altogether.
The realization that the
administration has either been dishonest or incompetent � or both � is
just starting to dawn on the American people. Even the president�s
friends in the media are watching this slow rolling train wreck and
are demanding the president do something to stop it.
The Chicago Tribune, the president�s hometown newspaper, puts it this
�Last spring, President Barack Obama said �there
will still be, you know, glitches and bumps� in the rollout of the new
system. But what we're seeing now is no glitch or bump. There is a
growing mountain of evidence that Obamacare has fundamental problems in
design and implementation.�
The Tribune goes on to say: �We
encouraged a one-year delay in the law. We recognize that's not going
to happen. Obamacare is here. It's time, though, for the Obama
administration to level with Americans about what's happening here. It's
time to stop blaming Republicans and start talking about what needs to
Incidentally, a delay in the law for the duration
of the CR is exactly what we called for back in July. And now it
appears that the president�s hometown newspaper agrees with
Almost everyone but the president seems to recognize that this law
is going to be terrible for the American people. It�s costing
jobs. It�s hurting families. It�s making people�s health care situation
worse, and it won�t solve the problems in our broken health care
And let me be clear: There will be very real
consequences for people in both parties as a result of the implementation of
Today, Washington has the upper hand, but the
American people will always have the last word.
This is not
over. We have an obligation to fight for the American people. And
I do not intend to let the people down.