Steve Scalise’s office just put this out in the wake of the Supreme Court’s insane decision to uphold the federal decision to provide illegal Obamacare subsidies in states without health-care exchanges…
“While I’m disappointed in the Supreme Court’s ruling, it does not change the fact that Obamacare has been a dismal failure for millions of Americans who have lost the good health care that they liked, and are paying more for the plans that they have. I will continue to stand with the American people who want this failed law repealed and replaced with patient-centered reforms that lower costs and get Washington bureaucrats out of our health care decisions.”
Which is nice. But it’s not sufficient.
The question isn’t whether Scalise, or the rest of the leadership team in the House he’s a member of, oppose Obamacare or Roberts’ illegitimate decision in King v. Burwell. We know they oppose it. We’ve seen the 50 meaningless repeal votes they’ve taken.
The question is what they’re willing to do to make that opposition count.
And this is where the House GOP leadership is losing the American people. We’re not interested in another meaningless vote to repeal Obamacare; you’ve done that. What we’re interested in is an actual fight.
If it means a government shutdown to bring Obama to heel, then do it. If it means de-funding entire agencies, good. Whatever it takes.
Unfortunately, we don’t see anything of substance other than “we can’t do anything until Obama is gone.” We know that. We don’t need you for that, Rep. Scalise. We need you to extract a price from this administration for its abuse of power, and we’re not interested in protestations that you don’t have the authority to do anything. It’s time to go beyond simple votes with no teeth and start using the power of the purse to destroy the imperial presidency.
Because this problem doesn’t end with Obamacare. It goes on. It makes for the reduction of our Republic to an empire. And if you’re not willing to ante up with those stakes then you shouldn’t hold the position you hold.
Our founding fathers put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line to establish the magnificent constitution we have. If you won’t even risk your job to save it, how do you look in the mirror?