Tea Party group to GOP: Don’t ‘reward collaborators’ on healthcare law

February 17, 2011

By Julian Pecquet -The Hill

Republicans should refuse to “reward collaborators” by not helping industry groups that supported the healthcare law unless they support its full repeal, the non-profit FreedomWorks told House leaders in a confidential memo sent Monday.

“Don’t reward collaborators,” the memo states.

The memo suggests repeal is within reach, and advises House leaders to start offering their own proposals for healthcare reform.

“We’re sending this memo because we believe your ultimate success depends as much on how you handle the ‘replace’ as the ‘repeal’ side of the strategy,” reads the memo to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “We think it’s time to start emphasizing what you’re for as much as what you’re against.”

The memo from FreedomWorks leaders Dick Armey, Matt Kibbe, and Dean Clancy outlines a seven-point repeal strategy that includes making repeal unavoidable by passing a balanced budget amendment, and not reducing any taxes from the healthcare law unless the affected industries endorse full repeal.

It also argues that Republicans should seek to unravel the law by repealing or delaying its core elements, and that the GOP should try to defund implementation.

The House in January voted to repeal the healthcare law, but Republicans in the Senate failed to win a majority vote on a procedural motion to move to healthcare repeal. Every Senate Democrat in attendance voted against repeal.

Even if a repeal bill made it through Congress, it would be vetoed by President Obama.

FreedomWorks is a conservative organization affiliated with the Tea Party movement.

As quoted from the memo, Republicans should:

• Make repeal unavoidable by passing a balanced budget amendment;

• Keep working to put full repeal on the president’s desk;

• Don’t repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board or reduce any of the various taxes, unless the affected industries endorse full repeal; don’t re-fund Medicare Advantage unless the health insurance lobby publicly endorses full repeal;

To read more, visit: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/144515-freedomworks-tells-house-leaders-to-ignore-lobbyists-unless-they-support-full-repeal

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