Then the section on Obamacare ends with this defiant statement of policy: "the law of the land should support making affordable health care coverage available to every American family, and therefore the Affordable Care Act should not be repealed."
And that's it. Don't repeal it. Don't acknowledge any of the problems. Don't do anything to help any of the people whose lives have been thrown into disarray. And certainly don't do anything to "fix it."
It couldn't be clearer: members who vote for this budget think Obamacare does not need to be fixed. Indeed it's hard to read the Democratic budget as anything but a celebration of Obamacare exactly as it is - and that adds insult to the many Americans who have been injured by the law.
Anyone can give a stump speech about wanting to fix Obamacare. But no lesser authority than the vice president of the United States has repeatedly told me: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value."
The House Democrats have shown us their budget and we can tell they have zero interest in fixing Obamacare. "Fix it" is the new Lie of the Year.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.
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