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Morning Bell: Get to Work Repealing Obamacare
Posted By Conn Carroll On November 5, 2010 @ 9:24 am In Obamacare | Comments Disabled
During his post-election press conference  Wednesday, President Barack Obama was asked: “As you’re well aware, obviously, a lot of Republicans ran against your health care law. Some have called for repealing the law. I’m wondering, sir, if you believe that health care reform that you worked so hard on is in danger at this point, and whether there’s a threat, as a result of this election.” The President replied:
Well, I know that there’s some Republican candidates who won last night who feel very strongly about it. I’m sure that this will be an issue that comes up in discussions with the Republican leadership. As I said before, though, I think we’d be misreading the election if we thought that the American people want to see us for the next two years relitigate arguments that we had over the last two years.
The President just doesn’t get it. According to the national exit poll  just 16% of voters want to leave Obamacare as is. A full 48% of voters want to see it outright repealed and another 31% want to see it changed in some way. Americans do want to relitigate Obamacare. Yesterday, here  at The Heritage Foundation, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to do just that:
On health care, that means we can — and should — propose and vote on straight repeal, repeatedly. But we can’t expect the president to sign it. So we’ll also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation, and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions. At the same time, we’ll need to continue educating the public about the ill-effects of this bill on individuals young and old, families, and small businesses.
News today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics only reinforces the case that Obamacare must be repealed if our economy is going to recover. The October jobs report  shows that the nation’s unemployment rate remains unchanged at an unacceptably high 9.6%. Obamacare is a tremendous drag on job creation. Businesses suffer higher costs under Obamacare. They are struggling to meet disruptive employer mandates; accommodate new taxes on insurance, drugs, medical devices and investment; and comply with piles of Federal agency regulations and IRS paperwork. These costs will be either passed on to customers or to employees who will face lower wages or lost jobs. Congress must Get to Work  immediately on this issue. Specifically, they should:
Yesterday , Sen. McConnell was realistic about what conservatives can really accomplish in just the next Congress:
We may not be able to bring about straight repeal in the next two years, and we may not win every vote against targeted provisions, even though we should have bipartisan support for some. But we can compel administration officials to attempt to defend this indefensible health spending bill and other costly, government-driven measures, like the stimulus and financial reform. We also need groups like Heritage to continue studying the ill-effects of the health care bill, and to show how its implementation is hurting families, seniors, and small businesses, limiting choices and making us less competitive.
The Heritage Foundation will do just that. And we will also help keep Congress honest on other issues as well. That is why The Heritage Foundation has created the Solutions for America: Get to Work  checklist. Repealing Obamacare  is just one of five tasks  Congress must complete – as the BARE MINIMUM REQUIRED – to fulfill its electoral mandate. You can download and print all of the “Get to Work” fact sheets and checklist, here .
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URLs in this post:
 press conference: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/03/press-conference-president
 the national exit poll: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2010/results/polls/#val=USH00p3
 here: http://www.foundry.org/2010/11/04/a-special-address-by-the-honorable-mitch-mcconnell-r-ky/
 October jobs report: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm
 Get to Work: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Factsheets/2010/11/Get-to-Work-Repeal-Obamacare
 Solutions for America: Get to Work: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Projects/Solutions-for-America
 five tasks: http://www.heritage.org/research/projects/solutions-for-america
 letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/cbo-confirms-obamacare-will-increase-drug-prices/493277397447
 AARP admitted: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101104/ap_on_bi_ge/us_aarp_health_plan_2
 cost taxpayers as much as $685 billion: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/04/AR2010110407574.html
 at least 11 states: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704805204575594363109902620.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird
 here: http://www.heritage.org/Multimedia/Audio/2010/10/Checklist-Podcast-11-3-10
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