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Which GOP Presidential Candidates Will Commit To Repealing Obamacare?

2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s outrageous ruling in the King v. Burwell case, Senator Ted Cruz took to the floor of the Senate to criticize the majority opinion.

Senator Cruz said:

“Our government was designed to be one of laws, not of men,” Sen. Cruz said. “And this transparent distortion is disgraceful. These justices are not behaving as umpires calling balls and strikes. They have joined a team, and it is a team that is hurting Americans across this country. Obamacare is the biggest job killer in America. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work, have lost their health insurance, have lost their doctors. Millions of Americans have seen their health insurance premiums skyrocket, and it is a direct result of President Obama, of Democrats in the United States Congress, and of lawless judges at the United States Supreme Court who have joined the team of the Obama administration. If those justices want to become legislators, I invite them to resign and run for office. That's the appropriate place to write laws: on this floor, not from that courtroom….

“The Court adopted and put its stamp of approval on the IRS’s blatantly unlawful reading of the statute to make subsidies and taxes applicable to individuals on federal exchanges when Congress explicitly provided the opposite. Jonathan Gruber famously said Obamacare was built on exploiting the stupidity of the American people. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is now complicit in that deception…. After today's ruling, Obamacare will now be responsible for imposing illegal taxes on more than 11 million individuals and for burdening hundreds of thousands of businesses with illegal penalties on their workers, killing jobs, and further slowing economic growth.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer published a quick response to Senator Ted Cruz’s floor speech that captures much of our thinking on the Roberts opinion in King v. Burwell.

Fischer said, this 6-3 ruling is a juristic catastrophe. The chief justice justified his ruling by saying the words “established by the state” are “ambiguous.” What is remotely ambiguous about the words “established by the state?”

The only way Roberts could reach this conclusion is by forsaking rationality, logic, and the plain meaning of words. We have now plunged headlong into the linguistic abyss of Alice in Wonderland, we might have said “Clintonian Wonderland,” where words can mean anything you want them to mean. This means that we are now completely untethered from rationality altogether.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - - that's all." 

Well, said Fischer, now we know who the masters are, the black-robed dictators of the Supreme Court. And we now know who the slaves and the serfs are: you and me, the ordinary citizens of the United States of America.

We no longer have three branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial observed Fischer. We have three legislative branches. President Obama freely legislates from the Oval Office and the Supreme Court freely legislates from the bench. This is not the America the Founders bequeathed to us.

The question that now must be asked of every 2016 candidate for Congress, whether they are running for the House or the Senate: will you vote for the total repeal of every word of ObamaCare, yes or no? Or will you, as president, sign a bill that totally repeals every last word of ObamaCare?

We must get every presidential candidate on record on this question. TODAY.

If the American people are the losers in today’s decision, today’s big winner is Ted Cruz, who has campaigned relentlessly, publicly, insistently, and unapologetically on this very plank. Which presidential candidates will join him in pledging to lead the effort to do this? We need to know who they are today.

A president who is determined to sign a total repeal of ObamaCare must have a Congress that will put that bill on his desk. That’s why we must press every candidate for the House and the Senate: will you vote for a bill that repeals every last word of ObamaCare, yes or no? We must get them on record TODAY.

In fact, we join Bryan Fischer in suggesting that the winnowing process for 2016 begins today. Candidates who publicly pledge to vote for or sign into law the repeal of ObamaCare will still be viable conservative candidates. Those who won’t make that pledge ought to be toast.

The only way forward for America on health care is the path of the full, total, and absolute repeal of ObamaCare. Any candidate who will not pledge himself or herself to that goal is not worth a conservative vote.

To view Senator Ted Cruz’s full remarks on the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell go here

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