Bill Sargent (Sarge) for Congress Header Graphic Left hand red bar graphic You Are Here: Home > On the Issues > GDN Columns > Obamacare Keeps Spinning Out of Control
Obamacare Keeps Spinning
Out of Control
Three Musketeers - Bill Sargent, Mark Mansius, and John Gay
Bill Sargent, Mark Mansius, and John Gay all ran for Congress in the 2012 Republican Primary. They became friends and have been writing weekly columns for the Galveston County Daily News since May 2013.

August 12, 2013

SPIN, SPIN, SPIN, SPIN, it’s enough to keep your head spinning! Let’s try and make some sense of the issue of ObamaCare and a possible government shutdown.

First, there is a growing chorus from a wide-range of political viewpoints that ObamaCare is too costly and, at the very least, just not working. Max Baucus (D-MT), the Senate Finance Chair and original ObamaCare sponsor has said it is going to be a “train wreck.”  Labor unions are opposing it and now we learn that unless the Administration helps pick up more of the tab, Congressional staff members will take early retirement and dessert the ship rather than go under the ObamaCare program.  The polls are showing a vast majority of Americans would prefer to see ObamaCare repealed or modified.

Each year the Congress is suppose to fund the various governmental agencies.  For years the Congress has been unable to get this work done and so they pass Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to make funds available and to keep the government’s doors open.

Early this year, Bill suggested a way to stop the implementation of ObamaCare while also fully funding the federal government.  His idea was to add an amendment to the CR that, while fully funding the federal government, would prohibit the use of the money to “implement, administer, promote, or enforce” the provisions of ObamaCare.

Back then nobody was listening and the Congress passed a CR and fully funded ObamaCare.  But now some in Congress are listening! Sixty House members and a small group of Senators are pushing to do what Bill suggested back in February.  But there is opposition.  The Republican leadership is concerned that, just like in the mid-1990s, the GOP will get blamed for shutting down the federal government.  They are living in fear rather than focusing on what is the right thing to do!  It would seem they are more interested in getting reelected (being politicians) than they are in representing us.

If the Congress were to pass a CR that fully funds the federal government but prohibits the use of funds for the ObamaCare program the President, and the press, will try to blame the GOP for shutting down the government.  However, that would not be the truth.  The ONLY thing such a CR would shut down is funding of ObamaCare.  Everything else would be fully funded.  So, if the government were shut down (e.g., National Parks closed, the Patent and Trademark office shutdown, air controllers sent home, border patrol agents not paid) who would really be responsible?  The Congress would have fully funded all of these agencies and programs.  Would it not be the President who should take the blame?

ObamaCare was ill-conceived and the President admits it cannot be fully implemented.  It has major flaws and is opposed by a wide-range of Americans.  Meanwhile the House continues to take symbolic votes to repeal it, knowing full-well that doing so has no real effect.  The question is when and who will stand up and take an action that will count?   Which Congressmen have the character to make the right choice?  Only time will tell.

Next week we will focus on why ObamaCare is so damaging… stay tuned!

Bill, Mark and John