Open Letter From Conservative Leaders: Real Repeal and Real Reform for Obamacare


July 11, 2017
Washington, DC

As the Senate considers new options to replace Obamacare, it is critical that any bill include solutions that give consumers more choice, create real flexibility for Medicaid, bring more free market principles into the market, and rein in long-term growth of Medicaid.


  • Consumer Choice: Obamacare’s insurance mandates have caused premiums to skyrocket. To address this, the Senate should allow insurance companies that offer at least one exchange plan deemed compliant with Obamacare to also sell other plans as well. These plans would still be subject to state laws and states would have the flexibility to create options without worrying about Obamacare. 
  • Medicaid Flexibility: Congress must create permanent solutions giving states the flexibility to create new innovative programs to protect our society’s most vulnerable. States are the natural incubators for these new ideas and cannot be dependent on the waivers from the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Market Reforms: Any new program must embody new consensus free market reforms. Some of these include allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, expanding association health plans, allowing consumers to pay premiums from their Health Savings Accounts, and encouraging states to enact caps on punitive damages in media malpractice cases.
  • Reining in Long-Term Medicaid Growth: Medicaid is one of several entitlement programs which continues to push annual federal deficits at an unsustainable pace. We must use this historic opportunity to reform Medicaid and ensure its long-term fiscal sustainability. 
If Congress cannot get the replacement program right, it should simply repeal Obamacare effective December 31, 2018, and take the time needed to get the new solution right. It must be a full and complete repeal of all the tax increases, all the spending, and all the regulations.  Don’t try a partial repeal in which Republicans keep some of the tax increases, or some of the spending, or some of the regulations. 
Conservatives still believe that repealing Obamacare must be a priority. Repealing Obamacare has been central to Republicans’ electoral success – both in Congress and the White House. As noted in a previous memo signed by more than 100 conservative leaders: 


For the last six years, Americans have endured extraordinary hardship under Obamacare, a thousand-page law of broken promises and failed policies. Sadly, millions of families and individuals have had their insurance plans cancelled and access to their doctors and drugs limited. And they have lacked affordable insurance options. Those Americans who are stuck with Obamacare are facing skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and shrinking health care networks. Tragically, many of our most vulnerable citizens, who were participating in safety-net health programs long before implementation of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, must now wait interminably to see overwhelmed health care providers – and some of those people die while they wait. It is true, of course, that some people have benefited from the President’s law, but given the money spent, it would be extraordinary if there had been no benefit at all.


Either get the “replace” program right or fulfill the promise to repeal Obamacare now and take more time replacing it. It’s more important we get it right than get it fast.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

David Bozell
For America

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Richard H. Wright

James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Family Talk 

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Counselor
US Attorney General

Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Anthony Allen
Hannibal LaGrange University

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Weyrich Lunch

Sean Noble
American Encore

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Former Director of OMB
President Ronald Reagan

William Pascoe
Managing Partner
Antietam Communications

The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Lt. Col. Allen B. West
US Army, Retired 
Member, 112th US Congress

Barry Creamer
Criswell College

Lisa Calvert
Christian Speaker & Educator
Rabon-Calvert Interests

Jerry Melvin
Florida Republican Assembly

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism

Darrel Johnson
Attic Corp

Stella Morabito
Senior Contributor
The Federalist

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Joe Calvert
Rabon-Calvert Interests

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Marcia G. Taylor
CEO & President
Bennett International Group, Inc.

The Honorable Donald Devine
Former Director U.S. Office of Personnel
Management / Senior Scholar 
Fund for America

George Rasley
Managing Editor

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Taylor Budowich
Executive Director
Tea Party Express

Dee Hodges
Maryland Taxpayers Association

Samuel B. Casey
Treasurer & General Counsel
Liberty T

Ginni Thomas
Liberty Consulting

Becky Gerritson
Wetumpka TEA Party, AL

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor,
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

The Honorable David McIntosh
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Indiana

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

Joseph A. Morris
Morris & De La Rosa

The Honorable Mike Hill
State House of Representatives
Former Member, Florida

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

Frank J. Gaffney
Center for Security Policy

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Rebecca Hagelin
Board of Directors, Dr. James Dobson’s
Family Talk & Secretary, CNP

Lee A. Beaman
Chief Executive Officer
Beaman Automotive

Belden Bell
Heritage Legacy Society

Francis X. De Luca
Civitas Institute

Khadine Ritter
Eagle Forum of Ohio

Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Senior Pastor
Oakland Hills Community Church

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

Tricia Erickson
Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.

Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief

Anthony Saliba
Saliba Venture Management

Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder & President
Tea Party Patriots

Bob Adams
Revive America PAC

Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

John F. Tate
America’s Family Association

Tim Wildmon
American Family Association

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

Neil Siefring
Vice President 
Hilltop Advocacy, LLC

John McCardell
America’s Liberty Committee

Nick Logan
Cornerstone Payment Systems

Terrence M. Scanlon
Retired President / Chairman
Capital Research Center

Gerrye Johnston
Men & Women for a Representative
Democracy in America

Martha Boneta
Executive Vice President
Citizens for the Republic

Theodore Baehr

E.C. Sykes
Managing Partner
Aslan Capital

Benjamin R. Case
Case Consulting Services, Inc.

Melvin Adams
Past President

Charlie Cato
Leading The Way PAC

Randy M. Long
Long Business Advisors, LLC

Adam Brandon
Freedom Works

(All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only)