Two years ago I personally walked the halls of Congress battling Obamacare on behalf the The Seniors Coalition and the four million senior citizens we represent. Today TSC stands as determined as ever to see that every single component of
Obamacare is repealed.
This week, the House of Representatives is voting on repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board. TSC supports this effort. The IPAB is nothing short of an unelected government health care rationing board – a "Death Panel." However, even if lightning strikes and both the Senate and Barack Obama agree to abolish the IPAB, the battle to repeal Obamacare will have only just begun.
The Seniors Coalition is therefore committed to waging this battle to fully repeal Obamacare for as long as it takes. We believe the lives of our members and millions of Americans are at stake. During this fight TSC will remain focused on three key principles.
First, we support an "everything including the kitchen sink" strategy. We support any vote that repeals any part of Obamacare. We believe that the more votes on Obamacare, the better educated the American people will be on the evils of this law. In fact, we would advise the House Republican leadership to attach a complete Obamacare repeal amendment to every significant piece of legislation considered by the House this year.
Second, The Seniors Coalition is under no illusion about how much opposition to a complete repeal of ObamaCare exists in Congress. In addition to many Democrats who have staked their entire careers on supporting government-run health care, there are all too many Republicans who either don't believe a complete repeal is possible or desirable. We will continue to aggressively educate and lobby these individuals on the dangers of Obamacare and we will keep our membership informed.
Third, a vote to repeal part of Obamacare – even a vote to abolish the IPAB – does not absolve any politician of vote for Obamacare in 2010. The only way to demonstrate to America's seniors that you oppose Obamacare is to support the complete and total repeal of Obamacare.
Next week, as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the Board of Directors of the Seniors Coalition will meet in Washington, D.C. We will make plans for the rest of the year. We will review our national grassroots strategy for repealing all of Obamacare. And I will once again walk the halls of Congress urging both Senators and Representatives to repeal this awful law.