Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a town hall event in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., spent about an hour offering her vision for congressional action and fielding questions.
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and acting chair of the House Budget Committee, Black has a significant role in drafting the Obamacare repeal reconciliation bill. It was no surprise the event was packed and somewhat contentious, but contrary to what the mainstream media reported, many of the constituents at the town hall wanted Obamacare repealed ASAP.
I personally came with nearly two dozen Heritage Action Sentinels all calling for repeal. Unfortunately, we were frequently drowned out by protesters from Indivisible Guide, Planned Parenthood, and other local leftist groups that did not seek a civil conversation. They simply wanted to engage in anti-democratic practices, disrupt the conversation, and erode our civic institutions.
Important conversations are needed. While Congress passed a budget resolution over a month ago to begin the reconciliation process, these two House committees have failed to write the bill.
As a Tennessean, I’m concerned House Republicans are failing to capture the momentum from the election to repeal Obamacare. The longer they wait, the more frustrated I’ve become as a Tennessee voter and Vietnam veteran.
How can I or any conservative support a Republican who fails to keep their promise?
I was eventually able to get a question at the town hall regarding the slow pace of the committees, but Black’s answer was concerning. According to her, Republicans want to move forward with caution and “get it right” the first time, even though Republicans already passed an Obamacare reconciliation repeal bill in 2015.
Nobody gets anything 100 percent right the first time. Now is the time to move forward with repealing Obamacare.
We all know this is the game politicians love to play. Some in Congress will use any excuse not to do the right thing and too often will get lost in the details. But the longer Congress waits to repeal Obamacare, the less likely it will happen.
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