As Heritage Action’s Josh Robbins explained, “there is an ongoing battle over the implementation of the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in which conservatives can actually score some real wins.” He continued:
“Conservatives can battle this implementation of Obamacare on two fronts: 1) Showing the federal government cannot be relied upon to provide the funding for states to cover this massive expansion of government health care; and 2) Explaining that Medicaid does not work.”
Money for the disastrous Medicaid expansion will start flying out of the federal coffers on January 1, 2014. If the GOP leaders pushing repeal are serious about halting the implementation of Obamacare, they will rally around the Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act (H.R. 1404), introduced by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ).
They should also rally around Salmon’s other bill (H.R.1908), which would repeal the dysfunctional exchanges created by Obamacare that leave younger Americans (and anyone else seeking an individual plan) with just a few very expensive choices.
Unwinding major legislation is a daunting task, even when it comes to the terribly unpopular Obamacare. Winning this battle requires three things: 1) Lawmakers refrain from advancing any part of Obamacare; 2) A sustained and committed campaign to halt the law’s implementation; and 3) Courage.
Needless to say, it is an uphill battle, but it is a battle we must win.