Ron Barber Votes with Republicans Against Obamacare.by Denise Early on Jul. 19, 2013, under Uncategorized
The purpose of this blog is to inform people about Obamacare. I did not intend to get into the politics of Obamacare, but I am very disappointed that Ron Barber voted with Republicans to delay the employer and individual mandates that are part of the Affordable Care Act. He is my Congressman. I voted for him.
First, the president already issued an order delaying the mandate that companies with over 50 employees provide health insurance in 2014. There was no need for Congress to do anything.
Second, Ron Barber knows this vote is just another Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act. It’s not about “improving” the law. It’s about trying to kill it.
Third, the penalty for not obeying the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance in 2014 is only $95. About 10 million people are expected to enroll in individual health insurance in 2014, so lots of people will ignore the mandate in the first year. Another 20 million people are expected enroll over the next few years – unless Republicans can find a way to kill the entire program.
The next Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act are planned for this fall when Congress must pass a continuing resolution to fund the government while they fight over budgets. And then there’s the debt limit fight. In both cases, Republicans say they will not approve funds to operate the government, or raise the debt ceiling, unless Obamacare is defunded – killed.
So Ron Barber has joined with Republicans. Why?
It appears to me Ron Barber is thinking ahead to the next campaign when he can say he never voted for Obamacare. A press release on his Congressional website says, “Barber was not in Congress in March 2010 when the act was voted on, but has long since said that it is not perfect.”
He’s for Obamacare, but not really. He danced this jig during the special election and the 2012 campaign whenever he was asked about his support for the Affordable Care Act. He always made sure to say he wasn’t in Congress when the vote was taken.
Despite the newspaper headlines announcing “House Votes to Delay Parts of Health Care Law”, the vote mean nothing. The Senate probably won’t even take up a vote on this issue. The 38+ votes against Obamacare are just Republican attempts to make the public think Obamacare is not the law, or that it is going to be terrible for them. “Getting health insurance for you and your family – and getting help with your premium – is going to be terrible for you!”
During the 2010 campaign, I got to talk with Gabby Giffords and I thanked her for her vote for the Affordable Care Act. Remember, the Tea Party and Jesse Kelly were viciously attacking Gabby for her support of the bill. Many Democrats lost in 2010 because of their votes for Obamacare. Gabby told me it was a tough vote because the issue was so contentious. But she said it was probably the most important vote she had taken as a Congresswoman. I was so impressed by her courage and that she did not run away from her vote during the 2010 campaign.
Too bad Ron Barber isn’t as courageous as Gabby Giffords.