Under a cloudy Washington sky on Thursday, members of Congress joined with conservative leaders and tea party groups to unite against Obamacare.
Comparing Obamacare to the day’s weather, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said, “Obamacare hangs over our heads like a cloud of uncertainty because people don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”
The message from each speaker was clear: Now is the best chance to stop Obamacare by defunding it before implementation takes root on October 1.
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said elected leaders have an obligation to protect Americans from the President’s unfair, unpopular and unworkable health-care law.
“We’re standing for the people. I hope the President understands that and eventually, if we stand strongly enough, comes around and starts standing for the people instead of his party,” Gohmert said. “We owe future generations better than they’re going to get with Obamacare.”
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) demanded that if the President refuses to protect the American people from the health-care law, then it’s up to Congress to use its power of the purse to prevent Obamacare from being implemented.
“This debate is no longer about liberals vs. conservatives,” Lee said. “This law is about Washington, D.C. vs. everyone else in the United States.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said this Obamacare fight could be won—but only with the help of the grassroots. Cruz said if the American people stand up and demand that their elected officials do the right thing, anything is possible.
“There is no battle more important than this opportunity right now to finally defund Obamacare,” Cruz said. “In the next 60 days, I believe we’re going to see a tsunami of the American people rising up to demand that Congress defund Obamacare.”
Two other members of Congress, Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), spoke about the devastating circumstances facing their constituents.
Organizations in attendance included Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Citizens United, Family Research Council Action, Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica.
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