Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Pledge To Repeal ObamaCare

The Pledge To Repeal ObamaCare
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

Will Republicans take the pledge? I mean the Pledge to repeal ObamaCare.

The Independent Women’s Voice is promoting the pledge. They are asking members of Congress and candidates for Congress to sign the pledge.

So, who, or what, is the Independent Women’s Voice? According to their website: “The Independent Women’s Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families. IWV is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum.

Like IWF, IWV is dedicated to promoting limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility. IWV believes that too often the media assumes that all women are represented by liberal organizations that push to expand government. IWV seeks to ensure that our mainstream voices are heard in the media and before state and national policymakers, in order to educate the public about how our conservative principles benefit women, men, and families, and are critical to the future of our country.” (SOURCE)

Let’s take a look at the pledge to repeal ObamaCare candidates are being asked to sign. Here is the text:

“I pledge to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*

“To that end, I do now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.

“I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes

“*The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010.” (SOURCE)

It will, indeed, be interesting to learn who signs and who does NOT sign the pledge to repeal ObamaCare.

Those of us who are set on riding this nation of ObamaCare understand that as long as Obama is President, he will veto any bill repealing ObamaCare. We KNOW that. But, we also understand we have to begin chipping away at it, as soon as we can, to cripple it and hopefully “starve” the despicable law by seeing that funds for its implementation are cut off, bottled-up, or in some way denied to those who will put the law into practice. Those efforts must begin immediately.

The repeal of ObamaCare is the primary goal. That should never be forgotten. It will take time. It will take dedication on the part of citizens and legislators alike. And it will take work.

The first step is to insure that we vote for candidates for Congress who are dedicated to repealing ObamaCare. The pledge from the Independent Women’s Voice is important in defining who those candidates are, exactly.

In an article at The New American entitled: “Repealing ObamaCare” William F. Jasper describes ObamaCare this way: “This is one of the most far-reaching legislative efforts ever passed by Congress. It is far more than “mere” nationalized, socialized medicine. It will, if allowed to stand, inaugurate social engineering by “experts” on a scale heretofore unimagined … except in the dreams of apostles of the total state. Did the American people demand healthcare “reform” that mandates federally imposed “lifestyle behavior modification” with regard to “proper nutrition,” “appropriate exercise,” “mental health,” and “behavioral health”? Did we envision the invasion of our homes and family privacy to implement “domestic violence screenings,” “childhood home visitation,” and “improvements in parenting skills”? How will ObamaCare’s provisions on abortion, sex education, vaccinations, rationing, and database monitoring play out — if we fail to repeal it?

Analysts for pro-life organizations have charged that the abortion provisions of

ObamaCare represent the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Other sections of the legislation are sure to prove equally far-reaching.” (SOURCE)

If America is to remain free it is imperative that we repeal ObamaCare! It is as simple as that. But just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. The forces in America, and in America’s current government, striving for a totalitarian state in America are dug-in and ready to repel any and all attempts to rid this country of the plague known as ObamaCare.

The current lawsuits in the courts will take years to reach a conclusion, one way, or the other. Those states nullifying the law will, almost certainly, be challenged in the courts by the federal government resulting in years of legal wrangling costing the state taxpayers whopping amounts from their state treasuries -- with no assurance they will win. Not to mention the risk they run of having federal funds for ongoing projects in their states cut off.

ObamaCare must be repealed by the US Congress either with the President’s signature or by overriding his veto.

In the next few weeks pay close attention to reports of who signs the Pledge to repeal ObamaCare -- and who does not. Then you will know how to vote in November.

J. D. Longstreet

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