You’ll be hearing a lot in the upcoming days about this afternoon’s votes, and there is a lot of misinformation flying around on all sides. Below, check out an update from Coalition to Reduce Spending President Jonathan Bydlak that explains just a little of what happened.
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You might have heard Congress took a few votes today.
To listen to the mainstream media and many Democrats, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Affordable Care Act is gone for good.
If only things were so easy.
We’ve already told you about the fight among Republicans over just how to get rid of the massively expensive and failing program that has caused millions (including me!) to lose their insurance.
And now, the House has just voted to move forward with a budget resolution that never balances and proposes adding trillions to the debt.
While we share the goal of ending Obamacare, we’re profoundly disappointed that the best a Republican Congress could come up with is this particular budget — especially since several who voted for this bill had pledged not to support budgets that do not balance.
We must now push forward to ensure that repeal happens, that replacement options are free-market, and that spending does not balloon under this budget.
You see, despite what alarmist headlines might proclaim, nothing’s getting ripped away tonight. Instead, Congress has started the process to use a procedure called reconciliation to pass a repeal of Obamacare. Then, they will work to find agreement on a replacement (or series of replacements).
This plan is imperfect, provides a roadmap for massive spending, and will absolutely include replacements — many of which are unlikely to please fiscal conservatives. Nevertheless, I expect to hear a lot more of the lie that government health insurance just got ripped away without a safety net today.
This should serve as a harsh reminder of what we’re up against.
Obamacare has failed.
People are hurting.
And while we are disappointed to see the big-spending budget by which they accomplished it, we’re thrilled to see repeal moving forward so that the nation’s most vulnerable get the chance to have real care and options.
It won’t be easy. Our opponents in this fight are not afraid to twist the truth or to blame the system’s inevitable failures on those who are trying to make things better.
So buckle up and get ready to fight back.
Let’s get started.
PS: Cutting through the noise and presenting clear information to the American people is more important now than ever. I hope I can count on you to stand with us in this battle to repeal Obamacare once and for all.