On a nearly party line vote, the House of Representatives decided, 230-189, to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep government functioning, while defunding the Affordable Care Act.
“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” said Speaker John Boehner on Friday.
It’s one of those rare occasions when the GOP in Congress has done the right thing.
Obamacare is set to be fully implemented next month, but even before it’s been put into full effect, it’s devastated small businesses and large corporations alike.
Many employees have had their employer-offered health benefits switched to the Obamacare-mandated public exchanges, resulting in higher premiums and less coverage.
Even more devastating have been the reductions of hours implemented by businesses across the land in an effort to escape higher costs and penalties under Obamacare.
Some businesses have simply laid off employees to get under caps that would lay new tax and health care costs on an already struggling economy.
Even the AFL-CIO and other unions that had been big supporters when the healthcare law was originally being debated have now condemned the law, which has forced union members to trade in their “Cadillac” plans and raised their premiums.
“You’ve got businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law,” Boehner said. “You’ve got other businesses who are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law.”
Realistically, the bill to defund Obamacare stands little chance in the Senate, where the Democrat majority will vote in lock step to protect one of their party’s most dogmatic issues and President Obama’s only significant legislative achievement.
When House and Senate negotiators meet next week, they may decide to split the House bill in two, in which case both the House and Senate will likely pass the bill to keep government functioning, but the Senate will still dig its heels in on Obamacare.
Even though it’s unlikely to stick, the House effort to defund Obamacare is not totally in vain if it inspires more conservatives to get into politics and fight the tide of socialism coming out of Washington.