Open letter to Cong. John Ratcliffe – Our resolve to fully repeal ObamaCare remains

Honorable John Ratcliffe
U.S. Representative, Texas CD-4
6531 Horizon Road
Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75032

We who opposed the House bill do not “side with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi” – we side with like-minded fellow Americans who demand a full repeal of ObamaCare. The quotation comes from your FB posting: http://bit.ly/2mBX0y9

trump-repeal-obamacare
The insurance lobby oppose us and I thank them for this picture
In case you overlooked our recent state and national GOP platforms. I refer you to plank number 113 of our state convention platform:
 
“113-The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)-We demand the immediate repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which we believe to be unconstitutional.” Reference: http://bit.ly/2lT2YX9
 
I think it helpful to remind you of the President’s promise to repeal ObamaCare.
 
We are thankful to conservative lawmakers who refused to follow House leadership on this vital issue.
 
Back to plank 113 – we continue to demand the immediate repeal of the patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
 
John White
Rockwall, Texas

4 thoughts on “Open letter to Cong. John Ratcliffe – Our resolve to fully repeal ObamaCare remains

  1. I want to make it clear that the Democratic Party caused the failure of the AHCA’s passage on Friday. The Freedom Caucus also played a major part.

    Most of us would agree that a full repeal of Obamacare and a total return to free market healthcare would be the best thing to do. While we are at it lets get rid of welfare, privatize social security, balance the budget, pass term limits, build the wall, deport all illegal aliens, update immigration policy, require voter ID, demand school vouchers, require federal government to pay off the debt, pull out of the UN, and every other thing we as conservatives want. These are the goals we set and strive for. However our country is made up of two factions which have diametrically differing political philosophies. I support Congressman Ratcliff for standing with President Trump and VP Pense. The AHCA was far from perfect…but it was a start towards revising and repealing an established entitlement and the Freedom Caucus, which I Support 99% of the time, caused it to crash before it could go through the process of being debated, amended, and voted on by the senate. I never thought I would see the Freedom Caucus, Heritage Foundation, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Nancy Pelosi, Senator Schumer, Senator Al Frankin, and other liberals on the same side but that’s what happened on Friday. Now we are stuck with Obamacare unless our conservative representatives have a bill that can pass the house. If they do I will be the first to admit how wrong I was.

    I am not optimistic because I believe that if such a bill existed we would have seen it by now. I want to believe. Show me the total repeal bill that will pass and I will back it. If it doesn’t exist then the Freedom Caucus did not serve us well this time.

    Dr. William Collins

    1. First of all, thank you for your input, Dr. Collins.

      Back in 2008 it was the specter of single-payer ObamaCare that gave rise to the TEA Party movement. My first public rally was held in front of the WFAA studios in downtown Dallas.

      Most interesting to me was the makeup of fellow protesters. Most participants were pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals.

      One surgeon whose age I would estimate to be mid 50’s, expected expansion of Medicaid to such extent doctors would be required to accept Medicaid patients. As I recall, his office did not accept Medicaid patients.

      From before the time Barack Obama settled into the White House, I and my fellow TEA Party activists have sought a full repeal of the ACA.

      Throughout Obama’s term of office and the GOP majority in Congress, that same Republican majority repeatedly passed a full repeal bill and Obama vetoed them all.

      Where are we today? The Republican Party has control of both houses of Congress and the White House. Instead of a full repeal the House comes up with what we characterize as RyanCare.

      It is now said a full repeal is not possible. Really? How is it the Republican majority passed the bill we demanded numerous times while Obama was in office, but now it’s impossible?

      We can talk about cuts to HUD, the EPA, and other alphabet soup bureaucracies, yet if we completely eliminated them it would make no difference whatsoever in the growth of government. Entitlements and the military are the chief consumers of tax dollars.

      If we do not curtail entitlements or greatly retard the growth of them, this country will crash and burn, economically speaking.

      1. For almost sixteen years many of us have felt we had no representation in Washington. The democrats and the main stream media succeeded in keeping republicans on the defensive. To their discredit the republicans refused to stand and fight for our beliefs. Senator McCain, President Bush, and Senator Gramm led the way to more entitlements, larger government, watered down family values, and refusal to fight for the things we hold dear.
        When President Obama was elected and the ACA was forced down our throats it was the last straw and conservatives finally came forward to fight. Senator Cruz was one of the results and for a long time I felt he was my only representative in Washington. Eight years later republicans hold the house, senate, White House, and most of the state legislatures and governorships. Mostly because of the promise to repeal Obamacare.

        You said in your reply to me:

        “It is now said a full repeal is not possible. Really? How is it the Republican majority passed the bill we demanded numerous times while Obama was in office, but now it’s impossible?”

        I knew when the republicans passed full repeal bills over and over while President Obama was in office that it was a ploy to build support and raise money for election chauffeurs. They did this with full knowledge President Obama would never sign the repeals into law. But they miscalculated our resolve. We continued to put real conservatives into office and in 2016 we helped put President Trump in office. Now the repeal is for real and it scares them to death. But remember it only takes a few of them to overturn the whole apple cart because none of the democrats will vote to repeal. This is why I feel we must take what we can get, 70%+, and rely on incrementalism to get the rest. The AHCA was far short of the goal but it was a start. It should have been allowed to proceed to the senate for further improvements and then to house/senate committee. It was never claimed that it was the final bill. It was rather one of three parts that over time would have given us a stepping stone to most of what we wanted. I am not alone in the idea that “all or nothing” is not a good strategy in achieving our goals.

        So where are we now. Already the Freedom Caucus is calling for us to “start over”. It has been eight years. If they had a bill that would accomplish full repeal and pass we would have seen it by now. Talk is cheap….show me the bill. I fear they and others will use this as just another way to raise funds. I have received several requests for contributions to continue the fight and start over on full repeal. I will continue to fight for conservative goals and ideals but I am seriously questioning the motives and judgement of some of our leaders.

        I understand Senator Paul’s repeal plan has been introduced to the house today. I’ve read it and it has promise…..but in my opinion it has no chance of making it through committee. We’ll see what happens but until then we are stuck with Obamacare and it will need infusions of money to stay solvent and that only adds to the difficulty of passing tax reform.

        It is my hope that I am wrong and that a full repeal will happen in the next few months. If so I will gladly say so.

        Respectfully,
        Dr. William Collins

      2. Your point of view is well stated.

        I, for one, do not demand an all-or-nothing bill. The ACA was passed by one bill. I want one bill to repeal it.

        As for expanding Medicaid, if that is to be, then that can be done with a separate bill.

        When the ACA became law, it was then unconstitutional because the taxing, as Justice Roberts came to see it, was added in the Senate.

        Article I, Section 7 clearly stipulates, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives”. After a bill for raising revenue is passed in the House, the Senate can amend that taxation bill, but not beforehand.

        I am one of those radical ‘originalists’ who believes original intent supersedes the opinions of federal justices.

        The Supreme Court in the Plessy v. Ferguson case opined that “separate but equal” was constitutional. Years later the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nullified that ruling. The Civil Rights Act was based on original intent.

        Senator Rand Paul submitted the kind of bill we need – simple and straight forward.

        This interim bill, as it has been described, is no sure way forward to a full repeal, but something that would merely appear to be a worthwhile law.

        While my viewpoint differs from your own, I am reminded of Joshua 5:13 where Joshua asked the Angel of the Lord if he was for Israel or the opposition army. The angel essentially said, “Neither. I’m here to take over.”

        There will come a time when this will be resolved and we both may be surprised on the outcome.

        Thanks again for your commentary. Let’s continue to fight for America.

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