Ted Cruz Introduces Legislation To Completely Defund Obamacare


On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation in the Senate that would completely defund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. He wasn't alone in proposing the legislation either. The bill has 19 co-sponsors, all Republicans, including RINOs.

Amazingly simple, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 is only 2 pages.

Defund Obamacare Act of 2013

There are three main elements to the bill. "In general," the bill reads "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds shall be made available to carry out any provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) or title I and sub-title B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), or of the amendment made by either such Act."

Second, the bill speaks to limitation. "No entitlement to benefits under any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) or title I and subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), or the amendments made by either such Act, shall remain in effect on and after the date of the enactment of this Act, nor shall any payment be awarded, owed, or made to any State, District, or territory under any such provision."

Finally, the legislation rescinds all unobligated balances. "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all unobligated balances available under the provisions of law referred to in subsection (a) are hereby rescinded."

Cruz said in a statement that the introduction of the legislation is consistent with his long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare.

"The Administration's recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake," said Cruz.

All 45 Republican Senators called for a permanent delay of Obamacare earlier this week in a letter to Barack Obama.

Cruz added, "The Administration's selective enforcement of Obamacare's implementation is no indication that the law is going away. To the contrary, it demonstrates the President's unyielding determination to force the unworkable law on the American people."

"Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support," said Cruz. "Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable."

The Texas senator agreed with the lead Senate Democrat author of Obamacare Max Baucus that Obamacare is a "huge train wreck."

"President Obama wants to delay the employer mandate – giving large businesses a temporary reprieve from part of Obamacare's job-killing impact – but he is unwilling to give hardworking American families the same consideration," Cruz continued. "But everyone, not just large corporations, deserves to be spared being forced to participate in the Obamacare 'train wreck.'"

Senator Cruz then put in perspective just how the IRS can no longer be trusted not only in the job they have been assigned with, but also the implementation of Obamacare. "Moreover, in light of the admitted misconduct of the IRS – targeting those whose political views differed from the President's – we cannot trust the IRS to implement Obamacare. The American people cannot trust the IRS to create and enforce the largest federal database in history, containing the intimate details of our personal healthcare matters. And we cannot just wait for this law to implode under its own weight. The clock is ticking, and the time to act is now – Obamacare full implementation is set for January 1, 2014, but the enrollment for new entitlements starts on October 1, 2013."

Cruz calls for vigilance in pointing out the economic harm that has and will come from implementing Obamacare. "We must guarantee that American taxpayers do not spend one more dime to implement Obamacare."

Well there are 19 co-sponsors. Here's the list.

Sens. Lamar Alexander, (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

If your senator isn't on it, then contact them and ask them why not. You can contact your senator by clicking here.

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  • Joe1938

    Why are there only 19 co-sponsors?! One reason is there is not a penny’s difference between the old blueblood GOP rethread RINOs and the socialist-communist-marxist-islamofascist donkey “leaders”. Their objectives are the same and have been for decades. That is why our Republic is in grave danger of tumbling into the dustbowl of history to join all the other great nations and civilizations that had their turn at greatness.

  • Lawerence

    The Republican Senators that didn't pursue the Bill should be on there way out !! ( GUTLESS )

  • Perplexed

    Where's McCains name?

  • Yoikes

    I don't think this great bill will go anywhere. But every attempt has to be made to kill this onerous, filthy law. And bills like this can help call attention to the fact that Obamacare must be eliminated.

  • JohnHD

    Of course the narcissistic Harry Reid won't even let this Bill come to a vote. Thats to bad. I would like to see just how many Senators would actually support this, or for that matter those who object. Then of course we would know just who we should vote back or out of office.

  • Drosack

    Go get'em Ted you're my hero!!!!!!

  • jcgreen2

    Hallelujah! Finally, a practical approach to rid ourselves of this outrageous and unconstitutional piece of... (I won't say it) "legislation!" Let's hope and pray there are enough smart Senators and Congressmen to get the ACA law neutered before it does the damage that is expected from it. I applaud Senator Cruz and the other brave Senators, including my Senator Lee (from Utah), for taking this action. We pray they are successful at getting it passed!

  • greyhound44

    Perfecto, but now let's eliminate Insane Hussein and his entire ship of Fools including # 1 Huck Folder!

  • David J Chmielowski

    Thank you Sen Toomey,for signing on to defund the unaffordable train wreck. Now if you would only give up on your sudden urge to comingle with the liberal Joe Manchin to expand background checks on gun transfers.Every thing would be just spiffy.
    Sen Toomey we elected you as a conservative voice for the state of Pennsylvania. I should hope that you,sir, would uphold your end of your oath. Thank you .

  • Terry T

    The government doesn't belong in the business of providing health care - that belongs to doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc.
    The government also does not belong in the insurance business; it is incapable of managing that function.
    The “Affordable” health care act will make health care more expensive, reduce the quality, decrease the number of physicians, and ruin the economy.
    Go Ted!!!

  • servant1jkb

    Thank YOU TED
    Keep up the great work!
    Your nation needs YOU!

  • CARL

    >>> TED CRUZ AND EVERY OTHER MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOULD FILE CRIMINAL CHARGES TO DEFUND obummer , THE ILLEGAL " OCCUPIER " OF OUR WHITEHOUSE AND OVAL OFFICE . <<<

  • akoby

    mjritter....this country is in the mess it is in because too many of us, myself included at times said the same thing as you. We need to stop being fatalists and giving up, This has to be done. Call your senator, do something before this country goes bust. WE must reign in this government that has gotten to be too big for its' britches and thinks they own us, rather than work for us.

  • zagozana

    To DEMS-Future of starvation... (REPUBLICAN'TS no future for the rest of us)

    I brought up the "fact" that there were 633 cases of voter fraud in America in the last 10 years. Now, because Repubican't made it harder for 20,000,000 in this country to vote. I thought I'd show you one case in particular...

    VOTER FRAUD UNMASKED! And, um, it's Mitt Romney committing it...

    by TheCrankFollow

    Very interesting speculation from our friends across the pond at UK's Guardian, and it's more than idle speculation, about what exactly Mitt Romney is hiding on his tax returns. (REALLY, you wanted him?)

    We remember, I think, that Governor Romney sold his 6434 square foot Belmont mansion in 2009 and moved into a 3000-square foot condo.

    Um, except he never moved into it, near as anyone can tell.

    Because that year, and the year after, Romney was living in his La Jolla
    mansion, you know, the one he wanted the $55,000 car elevator for. The house that cost them $12 million, and for which they wanted a demolition permit because the 3000 square feet wasn't big enough for them, so they could rebuild on the site.

    Oh, the same house they applied for, and got, a $109,000 tax reduction because of the drop in real estate market. On which they claimed the California house as their primary residence.

    And if they claimed the La Jolla address as their address in 2009, and January of 2010 -- when "he claimed he was living in Tagg's basement", and registered, and voted in Massachusetts -- he is guilty of...voter fraud. More past the squiggle.
    ....................................

    Again almost thirty (30) attempts have been sought to counter this agenda...

    How many real problems would have been solve if these same "citizens" chose to be a priority...

    How many bridges are going to collapse before they respond to it?

    The Guardian explains it thus:

    In April 2009, Romney sold his longtime Massachusetts home
    at 171 Marsh Street and appeared to move to La Jolla, California. He did
    not own a home in Massachusetts again until July 2010. (All of the
    Massachusetts addresses discussed here end with "Belmont, MA 02478",
    though one might amuse oneself surmising which address is underneath the
    Sharpie by the length of the redaction.)

    • Sometime in 2009, probably late in the year, Romney filed his 2008
    tax return, identifying the address where he lived at the time of
    filing. He has refused to disclose a copy of that return.

    • Sometime in or shortly before January 2010 – that is, not long
    after he filed his 2008 return – Romney registered to vote in
    Massachusetts, stating on his voter registration form that he lived in
    his son Tagg's basement at 18 Greensbrook Way. In January 2010, Romney
    voted in Massachusetts' special election, which would be a felony if he
    was not a Massachusetts resident at the time.

  • Patriot Games

    Start calling your Senators!