Well this should not come as a surprise to anyone who watches Speaker of the House John Boehner. The spineless RINO (Republican in name only) warns against playing poker with the Democrats over funding Obamacare and pushing us completely into a socialist state and economic collapse. He has reportedly warned rank and file Republicans, in a conference call on Thursday, against using such a threat to stop Obamacare from being implemented.
On the call, Boehner reminded Republicans of the political backlash their party suffered when the government shut down in 1995-1996, according to one person on the call.
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Another participant in the call, Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole, said the speaker's main message was that he and other leaders were still committed to killing President Barack Obama's signature health care law but that they did not want a government shutdown.
A House Republican aide, however, emphasized that no final decision has been made on whether to pursue a strategy advocated by some in the party of denying funds for Obamacare.
Perhaps someone can enlighten us all as to how Obamacare can be defeated in the current state of affairs without defunding it. The House has passed a resolution to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing Obamacare, which is sure to be dead in the Senate. They have also voted 40 times to repeal Obamacare and where has that gotten them?
Boehner is one that seemingly doesn't have a plan to defeat Obamacare. He is merely Barack Obama's "yes" boy. He might, on occasion, talk a good game, but when it comes to getting something done in the right direction, he's entirely out to lunch.
In fact, Boehner said that when Congress reconvenes on September 9 following its summer break, "Our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels."
So Boehner's plan is not to deal with this mess that has been going on since Boehner took the role as Speaker of the House, it's to delay it. Then what will happen? I'm sure Boehner will tell us we'll have to delay it again, but keep up the pretense of another vote to repeal Obamacare and give us the rhetoric, but watch his actions. His actions tell you all you need to know about whose side he is on.
Why the House put this guy back in as Speaker is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure, he is not a leader. He is a compromiser and a failure, one who is constantly demonstrating by his actions that he is a capitulator. I mean he has been the one, along with Republican leadership in the House that approved $982 billion in a continuing resolution to fully implement Obamacare earlier this year! Boehner caved on the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling too, and we're already being told that the debt limit will more than likely hit its ceiling in mid-October! We still haven't seen a budget implemented under Barack Obama, and we haven't seen those pay cuts either that were proposed.
John Boehner has openly stated, "If I come out and say I'm for this,
and I'm for that, all I'm doing is making my job harder." Perhaps he should have thought about that before asking people to elect him as their representative.
Frankly if the Republican leadership in the House doesn't have the cajones to stand their rhetorical ground against funding Obamacare, then they don't deserve to in leadership any more than the man in the Oval Office. I'm glad there are at least men like Steve Stockman who are a voice of reason in the House, willing to defund Obamacare, but will that be enough?
Here's my final thought. Democrats were willing to put it all on the line to shove Obamacare down our throats. They even passed the legislation and had it signed into law not having a clue of all that was in it. Why won't the Republican leadership, who were voted in following that fiasco, put it all on the line and force Obama and the Democrats to shut down the government in order to do what they "say" they believe is not only a "trainwreck," but also unconstitutional? It's their own political career my friends, plain and simple. Boehner and company don't care about you and me anymore than Barack Obama and the Democrats.
UPDATE: I was provided this email that came out from Speaker Boehner this morning:
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Thank you for contacting me regarding ObamaCare. I appreciate hearing from you.
In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) – health reform legislation that taxes too much, spends too much, and actually increases the cost of health care. At the same time, ObamaCare ushers in a massive expansion of government, with roughly 160 new boards, bureaus, and commissions. My fellow Republicans and I, along with 34 Democrats, voted against the measure. More than three years after its enactment, ObamaCare is hurting our economy – raising health care costs, jeopardizing coverage for millions of Americans, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
According to the House Committee on Ways & Means, ObamaCare includes $1 trillion in new taxes and more than $2 trillion in new spending. House Republicans have repeatedly taken steps to repeal and defund ObamaCare and replace it with common-sense reforms to lower health care costs and protect jobs. House Republicans have passed, and President Obama has signed into law, seven bills that dismantle provisions of his health care law to protect our economy and save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. These measures include: H.R. 4 to repeal the small business paperwork ("1099") mandate; H.R. 1473 to cut $2.2 billion from the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program – a "stealth public plan," and freeze the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget; H.R. 674 to save taxpayers $13 billion by adjusting eligibility for ObamaCare programs; H.R. 2055 to make more cuts to CO-OPs, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and the IRS; H.R. 3630 to slash billions from ObamaCare slush funds; H.R. 4348 to save another $670 million from the "Louisiana Purchase;" and H.R. 8 to repeal the unsustainable Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. Further, House Republicans have voted to repeal, defund, and/or dismantle provisions of the law 40 times. During 112th Congress, the House also held more than 50 oversight hearings to closely examine the impact of this gargantuan law on American families and small businesses.
The president's health care law is already undermining our economy – employers are cutting workers and cutting hours, costs are going up, and even Democrats are worried the whole thing is headed for a "train wreck." There are also serious concerns about whether the IRS should be involved in our health care at all, let alone as the law's chief enforcer.
On July 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced it would unilaterally delay a central component of ObamaCare. This part of the law imposed penalties on employers if they did not comply with the new regulations included in the law. This announcement means even the administration knows the "train wreck" will only get worse. But just delaying the employer mandate is not good enough. This has created a situation where if you're a big bank or a financial company, you don't have to comply with ObamaCare. But if you're a single parent trying to make ends meet, you'll be taxed. I believe it's unfair to protect big businesses from ObamaCare, but leave individuals and families on the hook. All Americans need to be protected from the law's harsh mandates that are raising costs and hurting jobs. On July 9, 2013, House Republican leaders sent a letter to the president asking him to justify delaying the employer mandate while leaving in place the mandate on individuals and families. If businesses can get relief from ObamaCare, the rest of America should be able to get relief as well.
On July 17, 2013, the House acted to authorize the president's delay and to provide a similar delay for the rest of America. Specifically, the House passed the Authority for Mandate Delay Act (H.R. 2667) and the Fairness for American Families Act (H.R. 2668). H.R. 2667, introduced by Representative Tim Griffin (R-AR) on July 11, 2013, would delay until 2015 the enforcement of requirements that large employers offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential health care coverage. It would also delay the effective date of related reporting requirements for such employers. H.R. 2668, introduced by Representative Todd Young (R-IN) on July 11, 2013, would delay until 2015 the requirement that individuals maintain minimal essential health care coverage.
The administration now plans to abandon eligibility verification requirements for ObamaCare subsidies, leaving taxpayer dollars open to massive fraud and abuse. Instead it will rely on the "honor system" to hand out subsidies. The IRS has shown it cannot be trusted to implement the president's "train wreck" of a health care law. On August 2, 2013, the House approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013 (H.R. 2009) to prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the president's health care law.
H.R. 2667, H.R. 2668, and H.R. 2009 now await Senate consideration.
The administration's decision to delay the employer mandate is a clear acknowledgement that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms. Fully repealing ObamaCare will help us build a stronger, healthier economy, and will clear the way for patient-centered reforms that lower health care costs and protect jobs. On May 16, 2013, the House approved H.R. 45 to fully repeal ObamaCare. This is the third time the Republican-led House has voted to fully repeal the president's health care law since 2011. H.R. 45 now awaits Senate consideration.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please don't hesitate to inform me of your concerns in the future. To sign up for email updates, I invite you to visit my website at http://johnboehner.house.gov.
John A. Boehner
Member of Congress