by Dr. Ed Berry
Added on November 15:
Please read my article “I was wrong about the H.R. 2775 vote: Congressman Steve Daines was right.“
It changes the conclusions I made in this article. Therefore, I have lined out my incorrect sentences and added “DID NOT” to the title.
Why did we elect him if not to stop Obamacare?
In his letter (below) to Mae Woo of Billings, Montana, Republican US Congressman Steve Daines explains why he voted with 198 Democrats to approve H.R. 2775 to reopen government and fund Obamacare rather than with the 144 Republicans who voted against it.
You can read the roll-call vote here.
The House has budget authority over all bills and has the legal right to not fund Obamacare. [New: This is wrong. Obamacare had mandatory funding thanks to the Democrats.] Republicans control the US House yet 38 percent of them did not have courage to stop Obamacare, and the damage it will do to our healthcare industry, our economy, our middle class, our taxes, our privacy, our freedom and our lives.
Daines writes about Obamacare:
“I remain fully committed to repealing it.“
But if not now, when? This was our last chance to stop Obamacare in 2013. This was his chance to prove his commitment. Daines offers this excuse for his vote: “I did, nonetheless, believe that the federal government needed to reopen and that it would be irresponsible to risk default on our obligations.” “Irresponsible“? Which is more irresponsible: voting to add more debt, as Obamacare does, or voting to stop accumulating debt? Congressman Daines voted to add the debt of Obamacare to our already out-of-control debt.
The fact is the US was not at risk of default if the debt ceiling was not raised.
Everyday, the US government takes in much more money in taxes than its debt payments.
Rep. Daines fell for the Democrat-promoted fiction and Obama scare tactic that the US government was about to default on its debt payments.
By next year, more voters will understand how much Obamacare costs them. Will they wake up and boot from office all those who voted for Obamacare?
Did Congressman Daines play politics with his vote? Does he think he has the Republican primary race for US Senate wrapped up? He may be correct in this. Then does he think his vote with the Democrats will get him more Democrat votes in his final election? We all know his one vote did not change the outcome of the House vote. This was a vote on principle and Daines failed to support his constituents.
Our Supreme Court ruled Obamacare was a tax bill.
Therefore, Daines voted for new taxes on top of the taxes we already pay.
All tax bills must originate in the House and receive 2/3 vote in the Senate. Obamacare originated in the Senate and did not get 2/3 vote in the Senate. Therefore, Obamacare is illegal.
Daines voted for it anyway. Steve Daines has become part of the “We Can’t Win” Wimps Caucus aptly described by Pat Buchanan here. The political question for the 2014 Montana race for US Senate is not “Who will run for Congress so they don’t run against Steve Daines for US Senate?“ but “Who will run against Steve Daines for US Senate so we can elect a Senator who will not cave in to the Democrats?”
Ms. Mae Woo
517 Lavender Street
Billings, MT 59106-2387
Dear Ms. Woo:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to the recent legislation (H.R. 2775) that reopened the federal government thru January 15, 2014 and prevented our country from hitting the debt ceiling until at least February 7, 2014. I value your point of view and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
Like you, I am deeply frustrated that this legislation virtually guarantees that in just a few short months, we’ll be back at square one, facing another debt ceiling crisis. I was also disappointed that the President and Democrat majority in the Senate refused to discuss either delaying ObamaCare, prohibiting members of Congress from receiving special treatment under the law, or providing basic fairness for working Americans who, unlike large businesses, have not received a one-year reprieve from ObamaCare’s insurance mandates. This disastrous law is already creating hardships on the American people, and I remain fully committed to repealing it. In short, therefore, I agree that the legislation was a missed opportunity to address our nation’s debt crisis and engage in a much-needed conversation about meaningful solutions that address unsustainable federal spending, balance the budget, and spare Americans from ObamaCare.
I did, nonetheless, believe that the federal government needed to reopen and that it would be irresponsible to risk default on our obligations. I was also glad that the measure retained the largest spending cuts in a generation that were achieved in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and will prevent individuals from fraudulently receiving ObamaCare subsidies by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to verify that these individuals are in fact eligible to do so. The Obama Administration had previously announced that they would rely largely on an honor system when determining income eligibility for subsidies in states that create their own exchange, which I believe simply invited widespread fraud and waste into the program. For these reasons, I reluctantly voted in favor of the legislation.
With that said, I wholeheartedly agree with you and many other Montanans that another band-aid is not the solution to our country’s long-term fiscal problems and that we must continue to fight against ObamaCare. As Congress revisits these issues in the coming few months, please know that I will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve these critically important goals.
Again, thanks for contacting me. It is my number one priority in Congress to represent the values and interests of the people of Montana, and your input is very helpful as I do. I invite you to visit my website, www.daines.house.gov, to sign up for periodic email updates on the issues important to you. I won’t flood your email box, but I will provide you with updates once in a while about activities in Washington that affect our lives in Montana. I hope you will sign up so that we can stay in close touch, and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future.