We’ve all heard the old adage, “A man is only as good as his word.” We all know it’s true, but more and more I notice that people may agree with it but they don’t live it. I was brought up with old school values. My granddad taught me the importance of looking people straight in the eye and giving a firm handshake. By doing so, I was giving them my word, an unspoken promise they could trust me.
Both on the campaign trail and as your elected Representative, I have promised to do everything I can to defund, repeal, and replace Obamacare, and have voted several times to do so. This past week the House voted for a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown and permanently defund Obamacare. The continuing resolution is a must-pass piece of legislation in order to keep the government operating in the absence of formal appropriations bills being signed into law.
The vote this past week was especially significant because it was the last and best opportunity to defund the president’s disastrous health care law. Starting Oct. 1, open enrollment will begin for health insurance exchanges in each state and businesses must begin sending out notices to their employees about the changes in coverage options. In order to reach their enrollment goals, the Obama administration has launched an aggressive outreach plan, including taxpayer funded advertisements in professional sports, that incentivize bureaucrats to sign up as many individuals into the exchanges as possible. All of this is done without accountability or requiring income verification to receive subsidies. Meanwhile, numerous reports have shown that the technology behind this is not ready for primetime.
It’s imperative that we shut this train wreck down before it’s too late. When I was home in August, I heard over and over again the stories from individuals and families who are concerned and panicked over the implementation of this law and the negative impact that it’s having on their lives and pocketbooks. Defunding an intrusive and expensive government takeover of health care that has and will continue to burden small businesses and families is critical if we are ever going to create more jobs in our communities and get our economy moving again.
I stand by my commitment I made to my constituents and am pleased with the passage of the continuing resolution. We keep the government open in a responsible manner and also defund this job-killing law the president created. The path forward isn’t going to be easy, but I hope my conservative colleagues in the Senate continue the good work we have accomplished and defund this once and for all.
Richard Hudson, a Republican from Concord, represents the 8th District in the U.S. House.