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    Coalition Letter: Congress Must Honor Sequester Savings and Defund ObamaCare Before It Is Too Late

    FreedomWorks has signed on to the following Memo to the Movement by the Conservative Action Project:

    Current Event:

    The current continuing resolution (CR) funding the government expires on March 27, setting up an opportunity for Congress and President Obama to honor the bi-partisan sequester savings already agreed upon.  It also presents an opportunity to achieve even more savings by defunding and stopping the implementation of Obamacare, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported will force 7 million Americans out of their existing health insurance.

    Action:

    • Conservatives cannot support a CR that is above the sequester level of $974 billion annually.  While many conservatives would prefer reprogramming defense cuts to other areas of discretionary spending (dollar for dollar cuts in the same year), the current sequester savings are better than none at all.
    • Conservatives should not approve a CR unless it defunds Obamacare.  This includes Obamacare’s unworkable exchanges, unsustainable Medicaid expansion, and attack on life and religious liberty.

    A mere “date-change CR” is unacceptable.  Although the Obama administration and others will argue the CR is not the appropriate legislative vehicle to defund Obamacare, it is easily done through a series of appropriation riders.  Because the CR represents one of the best vehicles possible to delay the implementation of Obamacare, it must not be used to bargain on the upcoming sequester.

    Issue in Brief:
    On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges. On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America. The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing.
    Although many of Obamacare's provisions are now the law of the land, many of the law's most damaging and irreversible provisions do not take effect until 2014.
     
    Once implemented, the new spending contained within Obamacare, primarily the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, will cost taxpayers more than $1.6 trillion over the next decade, according to the latest CBO estimates.  Given the history of federal entitlement programs and the back-loaded nature of Obamacare spending, some estimate the full implementation cost could reach  $2.6 trillion over ten years. It will increase the federal government's health spending by 15 percent.
     
    The issue is far from settled in the states, which are tasked with either implementing the wide-ranging mandates and invasive requirements put forth by Obamacare, or deferring such choices to the bureaucrats in Washington.
     
    The fractured opinion amongst the states is one reason the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continually pushed back the deadline for states to make a decision on the exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
     
    The invasive elements of Obamacare are not set in stone; in fact, elements of the law are already under assault from Republicans and Democrats alike. The CLASS Act was repealed and there is bipartisan support for eliminating the devastating Medical Device Tax.
     
    Blueprint to Defunding Obamacare

    Obamacare’s funding mechanisms are as complicated as the law itself, but they can be stopped through the appropriation process, which includes the upcoming continuing resolution.

    • Federally Backed Exchanges.  An appropriations rider must eliminate the refundable tax credits for premiums and the cost sharing subsidies that are essentially used to support insurance purchased in the Obamacare exchanges, which starts January 1, 2014.
    • Medicaid Expansion.  An appropriations rider must eliminate the enhance match funding for the Medicaid expansion, which takes effect January 1, 2014.
    • Permanent Appropriations.  Obamacare contains items called “permanent appropriations” which guarantee funding for the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).  An appropriations rider turns off funds for these so-called permanent appropriations, which are already in effect.
    • Implementation.  An appropriations rider must block the implementation of Obamacare, covering salaries, rulemaking, enforcement, etc.
    • Life and Religious Liberty. Obamacare is an unprecedented attack on life and religious liberty. An appropriations rider must repeal the HHS mandate that attacks the religious values and principles of countless Americans.
    • Miscellaneous Programs.  An appropriations rider must block all funding for newly authorized discretionary programs contained in Obamacare and return reauthorized programs back to their pre-Obamacare levels.

    Signed:

    Edwin Meese III
    Former Attorney General
    President Ronald Reagan
     
    Chris Chocola
    President
    Club for Growth
     
    Jenny Beth Martin
    Co-Founder
    Tea Party Patriots
     
    Penny Nance
    President
    Concerned Women for America
     
    The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
    President
    Constitutional Congress, Inc.
     
    William Wilson
    President
    Americans for Limited Government
     
    Duane Parde
    President
    National Taxpayers Union
     
    Susan Carleson
    President
    American Civil Rights Union
     
    Andrea Lafferty
    President
    Traditional Values Coalition
     
    Alfred S. Regnery
    President
    The Paul Revere Project
     
    Lewis Uhler
    President
    National Tax Limitation Committee
     
    Brent Bozell
    President
    ForAmerica
     
    Matt Kibbe
    President
    FreedomWorks
     
    Marjorie Dannenfelser
    President
    Susan B. Anthony List
     
    David Williams
    President
    Taxpayers Protection Alliance
     
    The Honorable David McIntosh
    Former U.S. Representative
    Indiana
     
    David Bozell
    Executive Director
    ForAmerica
     
    Colin Hanna
    President
    Let Freedom Ring
     
    Stuart Epperson
    President
    Council for National Policy
     
    Heather Higgins
    President
    Independent Women's Forum
     
    Cindy Chafian
    President
    The Mommy Lobby
     
    Gary Bauer
    President
    American Values
     
    Mike Needham
    CEO
    Heritage Action for America
     
    David Bossie
    President
    Citizens United
     
    Mathew D. Staver
    Chairman
    Liberty Counsel Action
     
    James Martin
    Chairman
    60 Plus Association
     
    Erick Erickson
    Editor
    RedState.com
     
    T. Kenneth Cribb
    Former Domestic Advisor
    President Ronald Reagan
     
    Becky Norton Dunlop
    Former White House Advisor
    President Ronald Reagan
     
    Grace-Marie Turner
    President
    The Galen Institutue
     
    Myron Ebell
    President
    Freedom Action
     
    Craig Shirley
    Reagan Campaign Biographer
     
    Rev. Lou Sheldon
    Chairman
    Traditional Values Coalition
     
    Richard Rahn
    President
    Inst. for Global Economic Growth
     
    Lee Beaman
    Businessman
    Nashville, TN
     
    Bob Reccord
    Executive Director
    Council for National Policy
     
    Angelo M. Codevilla
    Professor Emeritus
    Boston University
     
    Tom Donelson
    Chairman
    America's PAC
     
    Brian Baker
    President
    Ending Spending
     
    Kay R. Daly
    President
    Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
     
    Don Devine
    Senior Scholar
    The Fund for American Studies
     
    Gary Aldrich
    President
    Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
     
    Ralph Benko
    President
    Center for Civic Virtue
     
    Andresen Blom
    Senior Strategist
    Center for Civic Virtue
     
    Joe Gregory
    CEO
    Gregory Management Co.
     
    Rebecca Hagelin
     
    (All organizations listed for Identification purposes only)
     

    10 comments
    David Lloyd-Jones
    10/09/2013

    Bad news, folks: President Obama was re-elected. The Democrats won the House of Repesentatives vote by more than a million and a half votes -- so even though there is a two-party Republican-TeaParty majority it does not have a majority's legitimacy.

    On top of that, it's two separate parties whic don't trust each other, so any idea of them doing anything together is real-lee stoo-pid.

    Cheers,

    -dlj.

    Cricky Bird
    10/09/2013

    Well, it's October 9th 2013 and the reBOOBlicans of our current congress have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt what BOOBS they are. croozO, paul, demintt [heritage], king, lee, gohmert and good ol' john boner [☻] are not showing maturity, common sense or concern for ANY USA citizen with their current actions.
    Blame our President Barak Obama or any of the Democrats for the "IDIOLOGY" not ideology they are spewing [vomiting] and it's obvious where the blame is to go.
    Lunatics, fascist, megalomaniacs and psychotics that need to be institutionalize not re-elected to office.
    Hey, thank God that when 2014 comes around, they will all be voted out of office or hopefully be recalled.
    There is actually a petition in texASS to recall teddy boy crooz☻.
    BRING IT ON. They are brain dead. What more can I say!!!

    Cricky Bird
    10/10/2013

    It's funny . . . Got a "thank you" email from Matt Kibbe
    President & CEO, FreedomWorks for joining in the "cause". What he doesn't realize is that the ONLY reason I joined was to ridicule the "IDIOLOGY" of the duffus tea ▼ ▼ party reBOOBlicanz.

    2014 is right around the corner and those idiots will be replaced. Then, finally we can get things done: immigration, better gun laws.
    All those inbreeds want to do is "TRY" and destroy this current administration. Their reverse psychology will work against them.
    The country hates them, the reBOOBlicanz and an election will be the way to get rid of them. Hallelujah!!

    SD Grah
    10/07/2013

    None of these 1%ers is an elected official! Why and how do they control puppet Republicans in Congress? Oh, that's right: Best Congress Money Can Buy.

    dusty rhodes
    10/07/2013

    WHY DO CONSERVATIVES HATE AMERICA?

    Soccer Mom
    10/07/2013

    Plotting against US I see, you are proving that the Tea Party is nothing but "an insurrectionist, neo-confederate party".

    You are truly doing what the Al Qaeda could never accomplish.

    Anselm Liberty
    10/07/2013

    Good job guys! You have accomplished what Al Qaeda could never touch in their wildest dreams! Throw the Government into disarray! Show the people what contempt you have for Democracy!

    Steve Delvecchio
    10/06/2013

    The Tea Party has a plan for YOU!!! Austerity!!!

    Cut Federal Spending!!!
    You don’t want any money. You don’t need any help.

    Cut the deficit; Cut the debt; Cut Social Security; Cut Medicare; Cut Medicaid; Cut unemployment compensation; Cut bank regulation; Cut stock market regulation; Cut commodity market regulation; Cut food safety regulation; Cut drug safety regulation; Cut the Environmental Protection Agency; Cut FEMA assistance; Cut welfare; Cut food stamps; Cut low income energy assistance; Cut child support; Cut Head Start; Cut NASA; Cut road building and repair; Cut bridge repair; Cut FAA safety inspections; Cut air controllers; Cut antitrust regulations; Cut FDIC depositor insurance; Cut immigration and naturalization services; Cut the Census Bureau; Cut federal prison funding; Cut all federal courts; Cut copyright and patent administration; Cut the Corps of Engineers; Cut customs and border protection; Cut the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Cut child nutrition programs; Cut aids to education; Cut the Endangered Species Program; Cut the FBI; Cut the CIA; Cut the NSA; Cut the Government Printing Office; Cut all federal museums; Cut the Smithsonian Institution; Cut the Job Corps; Cut the Justice Department; Cut the Military Academy; Cut the Naval Academy; Cut the Air Force Academy; Cut the Coast Guard Academy; Cut the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Cut the Library of Congress; Cut the Mint; Cut nuclear energy research and development; Cut the National Weather Service; Cut the National Transportation Safety Board; Cut the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Cut the Peace Corps; Cut the Science Office of the Energy Department; Cut the Secret Service; Cut the State Department; Cut the Strategic Command; Cut the Treasury Department; Cut the Capitol Police; Cut the Veterans Affairs Department; Cut The Weights and Measures Division; Cut the U.S. AbilityOne Commission; Cut flu shots; Cut The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Cut Congress; Cut the Supreme Court; Cut the White House; Cut the bankruptcy courts; Cut the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Cut The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Cut The Economics and Statistics Administration; Cut The Bureau of Economic Analysis; Cut the Defense Technical Information Center; Cut The Department of Agriculture; Cut The Department of Commerce; Cut The Department of Homeland Security; Cut the Department of the Interior; Cut the Drug Enforcement Administration; Cut the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy; Cut the Department of Energy; Cut the Federal Maritime Commission. We don’t need money; we don’t need help. We are self sufficient. Let’s be like Greece.

    Gary Palys
    10/06/2013

    Gary J. Palys
    Everyday Joe
    US Citizen!

    Scotty Woodward
    02/15/2013

    Incredible! Let's keep it going!!

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