Open Letter From Conservative Leaders:
The Time to Repeal Obamacare is Now

December 30, 2016
Washington, DC

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 benefitted from the President’s law, but given the money spent, it would be extraordinary if there had been no benefit at all.

Since 2010, Republicans have promised comprehensive relief from Obamacare by fully repealing it. In December of 2015, they took a significant step towards the goal of full repeal by passing legislation through the budget reconciliation process that would have repealed Obamacare’s most significant provisions. A Republican Congress demonstrated that the same process used by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to pass Obamacare could be used to repeal it. Although it was clear from the outset that President Obama would veto the measure, the effort demonstrated that repeal is achievable and laid the groundwork for a more comprehensive repeal bill once a Republican president occupied the White House.

The conservative movement calls on Congress to deliver on the mandate the American people gave them this November to repeal Obamacare completely. If Senator McConnell determines that the Senate majority cannot repeal the entire law through reconciliation because of questionable Senate rules and precedents, he should fight to repeal as much of the law as possible.

Specifically, although last year’s reconciliation fight was a crucial first step, that legislation would have left intact Obamacare’s crushing insurance regulations. Those rules require all insurance plans to offer a standardized set of benefits constructed and mandated by Washington, and they include a number of actuarial standards and requirements that dramatically increase prices and limit access to health care. Those rules are the primary reason that President Obama’s promise that people could keep their doctors and have lower premiums was never realized.

The importance of eliminating Obamacare’s insurance mandates cannot be overstated. Although the Senate did not, last December, adjudicate whether the repeal of such measures could be included in reconciliation legislation, there is precedent for doing so as is evidenced by the 1996 welfare reform bill. Moreover, the Obamacare insurance rules cannot be surgically removed from the law’s essential and underlying structure, a fact even the Obama administration admitted during the King v. Burwell oral arguments.

If Congress cannot repeal the insurance regulations via reconciliation, it should minimize the penalties for selling non-compliant plans, empowering the administration and the states to create an escape for millions of Americans struggling under the burdens of Obamacare’s insurance regulations.

As Republicans across the country campaigned in 2016, they explicitly promised full repeal of Obamacare, and Americans, hearing their promises, elected them. Now that Republicans have won control of both houses of congress and the White House, they must keep their promise.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
Luke Hilgemann
Americans for Prosperity
David Bozell
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association 
Seton Motley
Less Government
David Williams
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Adam Brandon
Lee A. Beaman
Chief Executive Officer
Beaman Automotive
Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism
The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Florida State Representative
Willes K. Lee
President, National Federation of
Republican Assemblies
Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation
Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Pete Sepp
National Taxpayers Union
Bob Adams 
Revive America PAC
Christopher Malagisi
Young Conservatives Coalition
John McCardell
America’s Liberty Committee
Richard H. Wright
Shreveport, LA
Donald Devine
Former Director U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Senior Scholar, The Fund for American Studies
Allen J. Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship
Peter J. Thomas
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
Haley Martin 
The Martin Foundation
Tricia Erickson
President, Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.
Joe Calvert
Rabon-Calvert Interests
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator for Conservatives
of Faith
Frank Cannon
American Principles Project
Rebecca Hagelin
Board of Directors, FamilyTalk
Secretary, Council for National Policy
Neil Siefring
Vice President
Hilltop Advocacy, LLC
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization
Sherri R. Martin 
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
President, First Principles, LLC
The Honorable Mike Spence
Conservative Republicans of California
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Donna Rice Hughes
President & CEO
Enough Is Enough     
Richard Bott, II
President & CEO
Bott Radio Network
Briscoe Cain
Texas Legal Counsel, Operation Rescue Texas State Representative
The Honorable Tim G. Echols
Public Service Commissioner
State of Georgia
Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute
Kevin D. Freeman
NSIC Institute
Thomas A. Schatz
Citizens Against Government Waste
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli
Senate Conservatives Fund
Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Kay R. Daly                
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Rob Brockhaus
President & Founder
Red Sycamore Group
Matt Mackowiak
Fight For Tomorrow
Melissa Ortiz
Founder & Principal
Able Americans
Sir Knight Alex-St James 
Executive Director, Blacks Economic-Security Today Trust (BEST TRUST)
James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Family Talk
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Ryan Bomberger
Chief Creative Officer
The Radiance Foundation
Amy Ridenour 
Chairman, The National Center for Public Policy Research
Jonathan Alexandre
Liberty Counsel Action
Director of Public Policy
Mat Staver
Liberty Counsel
Founder and Chairman
Andresen Blom
Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action
Kenneth R. Timmerman
Author & Columnist
Dan Weber
President, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)
Terrence Scanlon
Retired President
Capital Research Center
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman and CEO
American Civil Rights Union
Ron Pearson
Pearson & Pipkin
Dr. Richard G. Lee
There’s Hope America
Linwood Bragan
Executive Director
CapStand Council for Policy & Ethics
Quin Hillyer
Veteran conservative columnist
Forest Thigpen
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
William H. Shaker
American Council for Health Care Reform
Rick Scarborough
Vision America Action
Michael Bowen
Coalition For a Strong America
Jim Backlin
Christian Coalition of America
Jay Mount
MDS Communications
Gerrye Johnston
Women for Democracy in America, Inc.
William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations
Home School Legal Defense Association
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Former Director of OMB
President Ronald Reagan
Stephen Stone
Renew America
Sean Noble
American Encore
Phil Kerpen
American Commitment
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