Should the Government Defund Obama Care?

After the short Heritage video on defunding Obamacare, the progressive opposition arguments appear.  The major dispute is that Obama has refused to sign a budget since he’s been in office (5 years) and the United States is out of money.

Debt Ceiling Raised Seven Times Under Obama, Costing $43,000 Per Household

by Amy Payne

September 26, 2013 at 6:00 am

Did you know that since President Obama came into office, the debt limit has been raised seven times?

With those increases, Congress has added $43,000 in debt for every American household in just the last four years.

And now the debt limit deadline is looming again. Treasury will run out of tricks to keep paying the bills on October 17, Secretary Jack Lew announced yesterday.

Instead of pursuing significant spending cuts and entitlement reforms that are desperately needed to get spending under control, House Republicans reportedly are proposing to suspend the debt ceiling for more than a year, which would add $1.1 trillion to the debt.

So, take that $43,000 per household that was added in the last four years and tack on another $8,800 per household.

What happened the last time Congress raised the debt ceiling? Did they accomplish any meaningful spending cuts before increasing the debt limit? In a word, no:

Congress and the President last suspended the debt ceiling from February 4, 2013, through May 18, 2013, adding $300 billion to the national debt in less than four months. Their only request was that the Senate produce a budget for the first time in four years, which it did. No savings were accomplished.

No savings.

This is unacceptable.

As Heritage’s Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, wrote yesterday:

Congress should implement spending cuts and entitlement reforms before—or as part of—an increase in the debt ceiling. Lawmakers still have time to put forth a plan that puts the budget on a path to balance and avoids a debt crisis today and in the future. The clock is ticking.

@Amy Payne  The Heritage Foundation

9 responses to “Should the Government Defund Obama Care?

  1. I don’t even understand how Obamacare got passed, nobody wants it, especially not young people! I agree, defund Obamacare, we don’t want or need it, and we don’t have the funds for it if we did want it!

  2. Thats not even something that should be asked. It is something that should be done! We need something that will help us in the PRESENT to make/help our FUTURE and I say that in a sense of us student that are in college. I do not want to be paying extra for things that I had no say in. By the time Obama is old we are going to be paying alot of money while Obama is old and taken cared for..

  3. Obama care truly is an outrage! So many people are against t so i dont even understand what the means is in trying to fund it in the first place. An interesting thing that you brought to our attention in class is that this isnt even constitutional. Obama is the head of the executive branch he is not in the legislative branch, this is not his law to make. Our country is headed no where fast. We have so much deficit that we even know what to do with and in Obama cares success the middle class will be completely in over their heads and our whole economy will fail

  4. Heck yes it should be defunded! Its ridiculous that Obama wants this to happen its not the governments job to force people to have healthcare. Last time i checked this was a “free country” and if that’s the case shouldn’t we decide what we want to do?

  5. Obamacare should be defounded. Though health care is nice, no were in the Constitution does it say its the governments job to provide health care to the people. America does not have the money nor the resources to lunch and successfully operate a program such as this.

  6. Our government has the power to defund Obama Care it’s time to do so. Pretty obvious that there no funds for it. Why should the American citizens carry more debt we didn’t ask for on our backs?

  7. Yes, it’s ridiculous that this idea was allowed to get this far in the first place.

  8. Yes. Why should we let our president put us into this much debt when it can be avoided? Why can’t he make a budget, whjch he hasn’t done in the past five years, and stick to it instead of spending more money than we have? As a nation, we shouldn’t have to borrow money at all, let alone as much as we have had to, especially under Obama. I say the government SHOULD defund this.

  9. Absolutely, we are very tired of his arrogance.

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