Six Ways Spending Cut Agreement Undermines ObamaCare
The spending cut agreement announced last week undermines the job-crushing health care law in at least six ways as Republicans continue to fight for its full repeal:
- The spending cut agreement forces the Democratic-led Senate to hold an up-or-down vote on repealing the job-crushing health care law. This vote, observers say, “forces Democrats to defend the massive government expansion of control yet again.” The Senate vote is also being hailed as a “pro-life victory,” along with other pro-life protections included in the agreement.
- The agreement requires the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s investigative watchdog, to conduct “a series of studies” regarding the job-crushing health care law’s impact on the economy, starting with an audit of the controversial waivers the Obama Administration has provided to unions and businesses. That audit will be due within 60 days once the agreement becomes law. Other audits will examine: (1) the premium impacts for individuals and families as a result of certain ObamaCare mandates; (2) what’s happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding in ObamaCare and the failed ‘stimulus’; and (3) all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.
- The Internal Revenue Service will have its budget frozen under the agreement, severely hampering its ability to enforce the job-crushing health care law. Right before Congress forced ObamaCare through last year, it was discovered that the IRS would need to undergo its largest expansion since World War II - including the addition of 16,500 new agents – in order to enforce the law’s tax hikes and mandates.
- The agreement restricts the use of a controversial ObamaCare slush fund, the “Prevention and Public Health Fund,” which the Energy & Commerce Committee set its sights on after discovering that taxpayer dollars were being used at the sole discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
- The agreement eliminates ObamaCare’s “Free Choice Vouchers” program, which employers and job creators opposed, according to The Hill , “out of concern that it could lead young, healthy workers to opt out of the employer plan, driving up costs for everybody else.”
- The agreement slashes start-up funding for ObamaCare’s “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan” (CO-OP) program, which has been called a “stealth public plan.” The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned that the co-ops wouldn’t work, saying they had “very little effect on the estimates of total enrollment in the exchanges or federal costs.”
BONUS. The spending cut agreement paves the way for Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) FY 2012 budget, “The Path to Prosperity,” which repeals the entire job-crushing health care law so we can replace it with common-sense reforms that lower costs and protect jobs.
With public support for ObamaCare dropping to its lowest level yet, this would be the second time in as many weeks Congress has chipped away at the job-crushing law: last week, the Senate passed H.R. 4, Pledge to America legislation repealing its 1099 small business mandate. As Speaker Boehner has said, “if the Senate won’t join us in passing a bill that repeals ObamaCare all at once, we will work to repeal it step-by-step.” The spending cut agreement continues this work. Read the full text of the spending cut legislation online here and learn more about it here.