Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has called on his constituents and other supporters to help correct a false narrative about defunding ObamaCare [the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act].
Media and politicians on both sides of the aisle claim that if ObamaCare is defunded, the U.S. government will shut down.
Lee called that assertion “a lie.”
Here’s the statement he made to his constituents, and it’s obvious there is a workable solution for defunding a bill Dems have already defunded major parts of [boldface added]:
“I need you to help communicate a message…to defeat a false narrative based on an absolute lie that has been perpetuated by the political ruling class elite in Washington, D.C. It’s been dutifully reported by an all too willing to comply media.
That lie is that the effort to avoid funding ObamaCare is an effort to shut down the government. It’s a darned lie. I reject it.
It’s a lie because I’ve never called for a shutdown. I’ve never asked for a shutdown. We don’t need a shutdown and we don’t want a shutdown.
In fact, the whole reason I’m bringing this forward is to avoid a shutdown.
What I’m saying is we can keep everything else in government funded. And I’m willing to fund everything else, even programs I dislike at current levels if it means I can avoid having to vote to fund ObamaCare.
We ought to be having dozens of votes on government funding.
For reasons that astound me and frankly disgust me, we have focused all of our votes on spending to one vote. So what they’re telling us is if you don’t want to fund ObamaCare, then you’re going to have to vote against funding our military. Our soldiers and our sailors won’t get paid.
What I’m saying is I want at least two votes—a bare minimum of two votes. One vote to fund everything else in government; one vote to fund ObamaCare.
If ObamaCare can’t stand and get funded on its own merits, its own two legs, it doesn’t deserve to be funded.”
Lee’s proposal makes a great deal of sense, especially considering the numerous waivers and delays President Barack Obama has mandated for his signature bill.
Lee has composed a letter to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) about defunding the bill, reminding Reid of the delays Obama imposed.
You can add your name to Lee’s letter by completing a simple form at his website.
As for Reid, it’s useful to remember one of the first steps he took as the bill was shepherded through the questionable process of reconciliation. Reid obtained a waiver for some provisions in the bill for his home state of Nevada.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Aug. 27, 2013)
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