Sep 21 2011

Shelby Moves to Defund ObamaCare

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today at full committee consideration of the FY 2012 Labor/HHS appropriations bill will offer an amendment to strike all funding in the legislation that is designated to implement ObamaCare.  

“Anyone who believes that the government will save money by spending taxpayer dollars on a new entitlement is living in a fantasy world," said Shelby.  "In reality, our nation is already struggling to reform existing entitlements in order to preserve them and step back from the fiscal precipice.  We simply cannot afford another entitlement.  Even if we possessed the financial means, we should not pursue this policy.  The Democrats’ health care law is already increasing costs, taxes, and regulations when job creators can afford it least.  In the process, the massive expansion of government will destroy the most innovative medical care in the world and supplant personal medical decisions with bureaucratic fiat.  My amendment is straightforward: It delays obligation of new funds for grant programs authorized in ObamaCare, suspends implementation of new programs, and prevents agencies from hiring several hundred employees to implement the health care law.  Instead, we must pass market-based reforms and stand firm against an expansion of the entitlement mentality that is bringing Europe to its knees."

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding Shelby’s amendment: “Democrats in Washington told Americans that Congress needed to pass their health law so we could know what was in it. Well, 18 months have passed and we know it means higher health care costs, more taxes, fewer jobs, and thousands of pages of regulations.  I want to thank Senator Shelby for his work to stop additional damage, and we will continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with commonsense reforms that actually lower costs and that Americans support.”

The text of Shelby's amendment:

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for any employee, officer, contractor, or grantee of any department or agency to implement the provisions of Public Law 111-148 or title I or subtitle B of title II of Public Law 111–152.