Conservatives Want Obamacare Repeal, and They Want It Now

by Niels Lesniewski, rollcall.comFebruary 23, 2017 12:21 PM


Jim DeMint president of the Heritage Foundation, told conservatives at CPAC to keep the charge going to repeal the 2010 health care law.

OXON HILL, Md. — Conservatives rallying here are calling for their congressional brethren to keep the faith and quickly gut the 2010 health care law, dismissing concerns about lost health coverage and motivated voters at town halls.

Reported remarks by former Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, far away from the conservatives gathered at the convention hotel provided the latest cause for alarm. Boehner had said that repeal and replace was “not going to happen,” according to Politico.

“The last I checked, Boehner doesn’t have a vote anymore,” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told Roll Call just as a cacophony of barking came from nearby police canines.

“This is a test. It’s a test for Republicans in the executive and both Houses of Congress. Do we honor the promises we made? This election was a referendum on repealing Obamacare,” Cruz said in a brief interview. “I think failure is not an option.”

“We’ve got to keep that promise, and I believe we will,” Cruz said.

Cruz, who has been among the loudest voices for rolling back as much of the 2010 law as possible, was one of few lawmakers appearing at CPAC during the February congressional recess, flying back from Texas for the occasion. He got a heroes welcome from the conservative activists and media assembled at the hotel just outside D.C.

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina Republican senator, called on activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference to push their members of Congress to send to President Donald Trump the same legislation that dismantled the law and was vetoed by President Barack Obama with all due haste.

“We must and we can repeal Obamacare now,” DeMint said. “They should send that same bill to President Trump right now.”

DeMint called the idea that there needs to be a replacement on the front end, “absolutely ludicrous.”

He also said that doctors, hospitals and insurance companies would still exist after repealing the law and that, “no one loses their insurance” under the repeal bill envisioned. That ignores analyses that show millions of people losing their health insurance under scenarios that simply repeal the law.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, for instance, released a report last month that estimated as many as 18 million would lose their insurance within a year and premiums would spike. As many as 32 million would lose insurance in the coming years, the report said.

Such concerns have been echoed in town halls across the country where Republicans have been challenged to explain how to cover people in the absence of the health care law.

Still, DeMint echoed other conservatives in Congress who have advocated for swift action on repealing the law. Cruz, for instance, previously said Congress should repeal before details can be worked out on a replacement plan.

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The House Freedom Caucus, a key bloc of conservatives, voted to formally take the position that the House should pass the same repeal measure that Obama vetoed, a position DeMint mirrored.

The caucus has not formally taken a position on timing of a replacement plan, but conservatives have rallied around a health care plan sponsored by Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul has advocated for Congress simultaneously repealing and replacing the law.

Former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan said last month that he’d like to see some acceleration of the repeal measure and that the effective date of the repeal provisions should be sometime this Congress.

“I start from the premise that health care will be better and cost less when Obamacare is gone,” he said. That sentiment is not reflected in analyses like the CBO’s.

“Heck yes,” the Ohio Republican said when asked if he would vote for a repeal measure without seeing a replacement plan. However, he qualified that it must be a full repeal.

Jordan said that ideally Republicans would offer a free market-based replacement at the same time. “But if it doesn’t [happen] of course I’m going to vote to repeal it,” he said.

Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador of Idaho said he would like to see a specific replacement plan that has been vetted through the committee process before a repeal vote.

While lawmakers attempt to find consensus on a path forward, DeMint’s comments signal the pressure conservatives are placing on congressional Republicans to act quickly to undo the health care law.

But GOP lawmakers are still developing their repeal and replacement plans. House Republican leadership presented a blueprint of a plan last week, though questions remain as to what final plan can garner support form both conservative and moderate Republicans in the Senate.

Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.

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Making SC Proud: Nikki Haley to Appoint Tim Scott to US Senate

Peanut Gallery: Couldn’t be prouder of our Governor Nikki Haley and her choice of US Representative Tim Scott to replace retiring Senator Jim DeMint. South Carolina is doing its part to restore American values.

Nikki Haley & Tim Scott
Nikki Haley & Tim Scott

Nikki Haley to Appoint Tim Scott to US Senate – repost from
Guy Benson – Political Editor,

With Sen. Jim DeMint on his way to take the reins at the Heritage Foundation, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is charged with selecting his replacement for the next two years. According to multiple sources, her pick is Rep. Tim Scott, who will be the only African-American Republican in Congress when the new sessions gavels in:

Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has chosen Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, according to three Republican officials. The move will make Mr. Scott the first black senator from the South since the late 19th century. The governor will make the announcement at noon at the State House in Columbia. She began informing the roster of finalists on Monday morning about her decision to go with Mr. Scott, who was the preferred candidate of many conservative leaders and groups in Washington. Speaking on condition of anonymity, three Republican officials familiar with the process confirmed to The New York Times the decision to select Mr. Scott. Aides to the governor declined to comment before the noon announcement. Ms. Haley seriously considered a number of potential contenders, particularly Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of former Gov. Mark Sanford, who had been supportive of Ms. Haley in her race two years ago. But in choosing Mr. Scott, she selected a senator with a strong conservative voting record during his two years in Congress.

This is an excellent choice. Scott is a strong and charismatic conservative who will be a welcome addition to the upper chamber. The Left fetishizes racial politics, so it will be interesting to see how they react to Haley’s announcement. Continue reading “Making SC Proud: Nikki Haley to Appoint Tim Scott to US Senate”

Time for a Cut, Cap & Balance Budget – United States Senator Jim DeMint

“Without immediate action to control federal spending, deficits will continue to grow as a proportion of gross domestic product, and our accumulated national debt will soon reach world-destabilizing levels.”

Time for a Cut, Cap & Balance Budget – Op-Eds – News Room – United States Senator Jim DeMint.

March 16, 2012

Time for a Cut, Cap & Balance Budget


The most important policy imperative in the world today is for the United States to balance its budget. Though the reasons we must do so are economic, the reasons we should are fundamentally moral.

Everything our republic means to our citizens, and everything America means to the world — friend and foe alike — depends on our ability to pay our bills and honor our debts.

The full faith and credit of the United States — on which depends our reputation and, ultimately, our security, prosperity and freedom — is at risk today as never before. In recent years, under presidents and Congresses of both parties, we have racked up yawning deficits and mushrooming debt that now pose a danger to America as we know it. Continue reading “Time for a Cut, Cap & Balance Budget – United States Senator Jim DeMint”

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