Congressman Tom Graves’ Bill To Defund Obamacare Garners 100th Cosponsor

Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined forces 19 days ago in a bicameral effort to defund Obamacare.  Congressman Graves’ bill has garnered its 100th cosponsor today:  Republican Conference Vice Chairman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-02).  From a presser issued from Congressman Graves’ office:

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves’ (R-GA-14) Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682) gained its 100th cosponsor today when House Republican Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) signed onto the bill. The milestone was reached just 19 days after Rep. Graves and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a new bicameral effort to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund Obamacare.

“Our 100 House cosponsors are backed by millions of Americans who want relief from Obamacare,” said Rep. Graves. “Families and individuals want to know why they still have to pay for and be punished by the law while businesses and special interests get a break. Congress has the power to right this wrong if we choose not to fund the law. I thank Vice Chair Jenkins and all the other cosponsors of the Defund Obamacare Act for joining what might be the last, best chance to stop the law and lift this burden off the backs of our constituents.”

“Since I came to Congress, I have repeatedly voted to repeal and defund the president’s health care law,” said Conference Vice Chair Jenkins. “Since this health care overhaul was forced on us, its price tag has nearly doubled and families and small businesses are paying the price. I am proud to join my colleagues as the 100th cosponsor of this important bill to defund this law for Kansans, and the majority of Americans who disapprove of it, while we work to implement common-sense healthcare solutions.”

The companion legislation in the Senate, introduced by Sen. Cruz, has 29 cosponsors.

Feel free to discuss this bill and Obamacare in general in the comments below.

12 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Kinda like a funny episode of Duck Dynasty, blowing it up may be the right thing but then what ?
    The government is incapable of efficiently managing healthcare, neither party, they can support research and regulate but should not pick the winners.
    A personal mandate and a competitive private market is needed to get a grip on cost.
    Medicare/medicaid should go private and the feds add the premium to SS or support.

  2. Jackster says:

    Shouldn’t these two be authoring a bill that will bring certainty and definition to this process, instead of actively working to manipulate it?

    In these times, it seems as though republicans should be working to ensure their constituents are able to interpret the law? That their state gov’t counter parts to whom they pass unfunded mandates are able to form their plans with confidence? (Or at least decide which parts they plan to pass down to local gov’ts for funding)

  3. Herb says:

    Isn’t this the 40th time the obstructionists have teamed up to beat down ObamaCare all in their war on the poor, the middle class, and minorities?

    • Rick Day says:

      Someone found out there might be some other national issues that they must confront, so they decided to fill their time with something much less important. Because that is the way the GOP rolls these days…

    • Jackster says:

      No, and I’m glad. I’d like him to not be on board, after his tap dance aroudn his amash amendment vote.

      He needs to help his constituents cope and move forward, rather than keep re-playing the republican version of the Kobayashi Maru.

  4. Rick Day says:

    Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined forces 19 days ago in a bicameral effort to defund Obamacare

    OK…then what? Revert to the status quo? What’s the alternative?

    The GOP™ Fighters for the Status Quo!

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