“This beast must be stopped — by not funding it. Today, Todd and I joined with many of our fellow citizens to urge those in the U.S. Senate to not fund Obamacare,” wrote former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in an email on behalf of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
"The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now. Join us in urging Senators — Don't Fund Obamacare! Just remember — if you fund it, you own it!" said Palin.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, the PAC founded by former Senator, and now President of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint is backing the efforts of Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and other principled limited government constitutional conservative Senators to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
"The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over," said Palin.
While not targeting Speaker of the House John Boehner or other members of Capitol Hill’s Republican establishment by name, Palin’s email seemed to be aimed directly at the 40-plus largely symbolic votes to “repeal” Obamacare taken by the Republican House.
Speaker Boehner has made it clear he wants House Republicans to back a short-term government funding bill set at the levels of the sequester, which imposed automatic spending cuts on the government. He is not advocating that the bill strip all funds for ObamaCare.
According to reporting by NRO’s Jonathan Strong, and later confirmed to us by Hill staffers, Boehner indicated to members who participated in a House Republican conference call that defunding Obamacare through the CR “is not the best strategy,” and it came across loud and clear that, “he [Boehner] preferred not to use the spending bill to draw a line in the sand.”
As we’ve said many times, to defund Obamacare and win a number of other battles with the President and the Democratic Senate, all Republicans have to do is stick to their principles and vote “NO.”
But the willingness to stand for the Constitution and the principles espoused by the Republican grassroots simply isn’t in most establishment Republicans, especially the Capitol Hill leadership. But Governor Palin has an answer for that, too.
“Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic beast that will deny our families, our businesses, and our sick the ability to access health care,” Palin says in the statement. “Join us in urging senators — Don’t fund Obamacare! Just remember: if you fund it, you own it!”
Palin’s move suggests that Defund Obamacare will play a role in her future endorsement decisions.
Governor Palin is absolutely right, or as CHQ member “neal.hightower1” commented, “If Repubs vote to fund it then it is the same as if they voted for it. Period!”