‘Action, ASAP’ #Obamacare

23 September 2013


The link in Mark Levin’s tweet:

Sarah Palin on Facebook:

The U.S. Senate has some arcane procedural rules, and as ordinary Americans our eyes glaze over trying to decipher them. But it’s important for us to understand that Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare are worthwhile and doable.

We shouldn’t preemptively surrender the fight to those who rammed through this outrageously burdensome and unaffordable ploy for government control of health care even though some are trying to convince us that the fight is futile. Just because a fight isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting.

This defund movement boils down to a very simple request. As Andrew McCarthy recently pointed out: “Obama himself has already unilaterally and unconstitutionally defunded aspects of Obamacare, including repugnant accommodations for big corporations, Obama insiders, and members of Congress.” All we’re asking is that the rest of America “get the same relief from this awful law that Obama cronies, the ruling class, and the politically-connected get.”

Please call your senators and politely ask them to stand with Senator Cruz. This is especially important if your senator is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state in 2014. That would be Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). Remind them politely that we are watching their votes very carefully and even a procedural vote that shuts down this debate will be regarded as a vote for Obamacare, and there will be consequences for them at the ballot box next year. The same goes for Republicans up for re-election. We definitely expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Cruz through thick and thin.

The number for the Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask for your senator’s office. You can also find their contact information and contact them online at

Remember, we elected these senators precisely for moments like this. If they can’t do anything with the power we’ve given them through their elected office, then perhaps it’s time for them to retire and let someone else have a go.

Opposition to Obamacare carried us to victory in 2010. And 2014 is just around the corner.
– Sarah Palin


Related: Sen. Ted Cruz on Defunding Obamacare with Sean Hannity


Cruz Sets Confrontational Tone as Senate Debate Begins

…Legislation to fund the government, at least on a short term basis, needs to pass by Oct. 1 when the new fiscal year begins.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) the leading proponent of the bill, set a confrontational tone by quickly proposing two motions he knew would be rejected — one to pass the House  bill by voice vote, and another to block any amendments that do not command a super-majority of 60 votes.

Both were blocked by Mr. Reid, and Mr. Cruz said that showed he “is willing to risk a government shutdown.. in order to insist that Obamacare is funded.’’

Mr. Cruz was in danger of being seen as a pot calling the kettle black when he said, “There is a tendency in this town toward brinksmanship, towards pointing to events that can cause instability and uncertainty and using them to try to get your way.

That’s just what Mr. Reid thinks Republicans are doing in supporting the House bill, which he denounced as a “foolhardy plan to drive the economy off a cliff, Thelma and Louise style.”

Mr. Reid is expected, late in debate on the bill, to offer an amendment to restore funding for the health care law — through a maneuver that allows him to change the bill with only 51 votes, and therefore requires no Republican support…


But before you do anything else read this: Politico: Obama Dramatically Revealed His Plan for Universal Health Care… Because He Had Been Invited to a Health Care Forum and Had Nothing to Say

…Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA [in January 2007], when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.

Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?…

“We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”…

The candidate jumped at it. He probably wasn’t going to get elected anyway, the team concluded. Why not go big?

Here it is, fellas: The Origin Story of Captain Bullshit.

And meanwhile, the average family now has to pay $7,450 more per year for health insurance, do to no other reason besides the “Affordable” Care Act.

It was one of candidate Obama’s most vivid and concrete campaign promises. Forget about high minded (some might say high sounding) but gauzy promises of hope and change. This candidate solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year….. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”  Unfortunately, the experts working for Medicare’s actuary have (yet again[1]) reported that in its first 10 years, Obamacare will boost health spending by “roughly $621 billion” above the amounts Americans would have spent without this misguided law…

…Old and Busted: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor

New Hotness: If you like your doctor, go &%$* yourself…


Read the whole thing.


Update: Also at the site, McCain Aide: McCain [Fornicating] Hates Cruz. Cruz: I’m Embarrassed to Have Supported McCain in 2008

…I know Drew covered this earlier, or at least the nimbus of it, and observed wryly how hysterical it is that one politician could possibly object to another in terms of “grandstanding.”

But to hear that McCain — McCain! grandest of grand-standers! — is “offended” by Cruz’s attention-getting style is just the most precious thing I think I’ve ever heard…


Update 2Cruz: ‘Ruling Class’ Shouldn’t Fund Obamacare with ‘Brute Force’

On Monday, after asking for unanimous consent on a 60-vote threshold on the House bill that funds the government except for Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the ruling class should not fund Obamacare by “brute force.”

Cruz said Obamacare was forced into law over three years ago by a “strict party-line vote” and by “straight brute force,” but it “shouldn’t be funded that way,” even though that is what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to do.

“That’s not the way this institution should proceed,” Cruz said. “A 60-vote threshold does not require the Majority Leader to get a great many Republican votes, but it does require that he get a few. That he cannot simply do it with the votes of only the Democrats in this body.” …



Update 3These GOP Senators Say They Won’t Support Ted Cruz in Bid to Prevent Dems From Restoring Obamacare Funds in Senate

The usual RINO suspects, but read it anyway.


Some audio at The Right Scoop:

Mark Levin explains below that he has figured out why Obama is running around the country talking about ‘default’ in very extreme and radical ways and he believes Obama has revealed these plans to Boehner and McConnell and is using it to twist their arms on Obamacare.

In short, he believes Obama is setting the stage to bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling all by himself. Levin says it would be the worst violation of the Constitution of Obama’s presidency.

Listen at the link.



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