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Press Release

For Immediate Release
Monday, July 22, 2013

Republicans refuse to end Obamacare now

“Delaying Obamacare is simply a stay of execution for struggling small businesses and health care consumers in America,” said Carla Howell, director for the Libertarian Party. “Defund and repeal it now.”

When President Obama announced on July 2 that the employer mandate for Obamacare would be postponed for another year, he opened the door for one more Republican opportunity to repeal this destructive and costly program.

Will they seize this opportunity? No. Big Government Republicans posture, pose, and pretend to cut destructive programs and harmful laws, but almost never vote to simply end them.

Why won’t they repeal Obamacare? Because they’re in the pocket of the medical-industrial complex, which includes pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, large incorporated hospital chains, government employees, and the American Medical Association.

How do we know Republicans won’t repeal it? Because they have had a majority in the House since 2010, with more than enough votes to defund any Big Government program. Their refusal to defund Obamacare shows they want to keep it — or a replacement for it — on the books.

“When they talk about repealing Obamacare, they say that we need to ‘start over’ or ‘start from scratch’ — signaling that they’ll replace Obamacare with Republicare — their version of centrally planned government medicine,” said Carla Howell, director for the Libertarian Party. “There’s only one way to pressure Republicans to stop this country’s fast march to a complete government takeover of medicine: Vote Libertarian.”

Both Republicans and Democrats have voted to massively expand government-run medical care. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, championed Romneycare, the model for Obamacare. In 2003, President George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress championed the largest expansion of Medicare since its inception.

Big Government health care programs have been disastrous. They balloon medical care costs, create longer waits for doctor visits and procedures, drive up insurance premiums, regularly deny insurance coverage for needed services, kill small businesses, destroy jobs, and cause immeasurable human pain and suffering.

“The only path to high-quality, convenient, dignified, and affordable health care is through private charities and businesses,” said Geoffrey J. Neale, chair of the Libertarian Party. “It's time to strike a fatal blow against Obamacare and unleash the private sector to resolve our health care problems quickly, cheaply, and effectively.”

The Libertarian Party is the only political party in America that has consistently called for ending government central planning of health care.

There’s now talk of delaying the individual mandate portion of Obamacare along with delay of the employer mandate.

“Delaying Obamacare is a stay of execution for struggling small businesses and health care consumers in America,” said Howell. “Defund and repeal it now.”