Cynthia N. Dunbar
VA National Committeewoman to RNC
Here’s a metaphor to clarify the current health care situation: Obamacare is a foul basketball speeding out of bounds. The last thing the Republicans need to do is touch it. Let it hurl out of bounds and repeal it. We must NOT take Obamacare and tweak it, ultimately following in the Democrats' footprints of individual mandates, forced commerce, and socialism. The better plan would be to make sure that whatever bill is passed aligns with the Party Platform, and even better, the Constitution!
The following quotes are excerpts from the 2016 Republican Party Platform:
"We reaffirm the Constitution’s fundamental principles: limited government, separation of powers, individual liberty, and the rule of law."
"The Tenth Amendment: Federalism as the Foundation of Personal Liberty Federalism is a cornerstone of our constitutional system. Every violation of state sovereignty by federal officials is not merely a transgression of one unit of government against another; it is an assault on the liberties of individual Americans. Hence the promise of the Tenth Amendment: 'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.' The Constitution gives the federal government very few powers, and they are specifically enumerated; the states and the people retain authority over all unenumerated powers. In obedience to that principle, we condemn the current Administration’s unconstitutional expansion into areas beyond those specifically enumerated, including bullying of state and local governments in matters ranging from voter identification (ID) laws to immigration, from healthcare programs to land use decisions, and from forced education curricula to school restroom policies. We pledge to restore the proper balance and vertical separation of powers between the federal government and state governments — the governments closest to, and most reflective of, the American people. We encourage states to reinvigorate their traditional role as the laboratories of democracy, propelling the nation forward through local and state innovation."
"Restoring Patient Control and Preserving Quality in Healthcare Any honest agenda for improving health care must start with [the] repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare. It weighs like the dead hand of the past upon American medicine. It imposed a Euro-style bureaucracy to manage its unworkable, budget-busting, conflicting provisions. It has driven up prices for all consumers....We agree with the four dissenting judges of the Supreme Court: “In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety....To that end, a Republican president, on the first day in office, will use legitimate waiver authority under the law to halt its advance and then, with the unanimous support of Congressional Republicans, will sign its repeal."
This language in our Party Platform clearly reaffirms bedrock principles established within our Constitutional Republic. It is not vague, it is not obscure and it is not difficult to understand. In short, what about repeal Obamacare is confusing? Those who elected this administration chose the candidate of the Republican Party and denounced the philosophies of big government expansion and socialism embraced by the Democratic Party and its candidate. The debate about Obamacare and whether it is working or failing presents the wrong question. Of course, it is failing, but that begs the bigger question of, “should the federal government be forcing its citizens into commerce, fining them if they don’t, and essentially allocating tax dollars as a form of wealth redistribution?”
As I traveled around our great Commonwealth and as I sat on the Platform Committee, I heard the resounding answer to this question, "NO!" We are the party of individual liberty and accountability, not the party of socialism. We do NOT want individual mandates with government penalties. President Trump has valiantly started this process of repeal and replace with his Executive Order. Now our Congressmen need our support and input. They need to hear our voices and know where we stand. We have not changed our minds. We still want what we asked for prior to the election: shrink government and drain the swamp! Congressmen Dave Brat, Tom Garrett, and Rob Witman have publicly stated that they will oppose the bill that has been labeled as a "Rinse and Repeat of Obamacare." We applaud them for standing with our Constitution and Republican Party Platform. Please contact your congressman to either thank them for their position or inform them of yours.