The fight to defeat Obamacare was worth it -- and here's why

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Conservatives dug their heels into the ground and took a stand for principles that would lead to prosperity for all Americans as they fought to dismantle the president’s health care law.

It was the fight that Americans had been waiting and hoping for. Conservatives were finally getting Washington to start listening to the American people and take decisive steps toward delaying and eventually stopping Obamacare. While the majority of Americans applauded our efforts and encouraged us to stand strong, some characterized our battle as a fight toward an unattainable or impossible goal. Many told me the fight was not worth having at all.

It was worth it. Here’s why:

WHEN OBAMACARE was pushed through Congress in 2010 without having even been thoroughly read by those in the Democratic leadership, a majority of Americans opposed it. Since that time, a number of Obamacare supporters have turned their backs on the president’s takeover of health care. Labor unions have retracted their long-standing support; those who have already seen the high cost of plans under the law have expressed their anger at being misled; and even one of the original architects of Obamacare has described its implementation as an “absolute train wreck.”

Congress has an obligation to represent these concerns – both old and new – and listen to the voice of “we the people.” That’s what this fight was all about. We listened, we took a stand and we fought to protect Americans from the pain and suffering this law will surely inflict on them and their families.

To those who supported our message to stop Obamacare but urged us to have the fight another day, let me remind you that the Republican House has voted more than 40 times to repeal this disastrous law. Yet, the Senate refused to acknowledge the cries of the American people and stop this law. Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had all but stalled the normal legislative process, the only way for conservatives to have stopped this law before its Oct. 1 rollout was to defund it using the appropriations process. This was our last chance to stop Obamacare before going into effect, and we used all possible avenues to do it.

I AM HOPEFUL that our fight has empowered the American people and strengthened their voice. When my colleagues and friends, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, courageously took a stand against Obamacare months ago, they were told that a bill to defund Obamacare would never come to the House floor; that it was simply impossible. The American people contacted their representatives and held their feet to the fire, and weeks later, the House passed a bill to do just that.

From the beginning, this has been about what the people want. It is my hope that this will set a precedent for things to come.

Although our first battle has come to an end, our efforts were not lost. Our fight serves as a wake-up call to Democrats and Republicans alike that conservatives are not afraid to stand up to the Washington establishment, and those who aim to protect the status quo. Any battle fought wholeheartedly on one’s beliefs and convictions is not a battle lost, especially with the backing of the American people.

Make no mistake – this war will continue and will end in victory, when in 2017, a new president signs into law legislation that will repeal Obamacare once and for all.

(The writer has represented Georgia’s U.S. House District 10 since 2007.)

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deestafford
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deestafford 10/27/13 - 08:06 am
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I agree totally with Rep Broun.

The entire obamacare legislation was ramrodded through the House and Senate without the appropriate hearings. Additionally, the only way Reid could get it through the Senate was doing a special process that allowed it to be "deemed" as passed. Which was a way of not requiring the normal number of votes for a piece of legislation to be passed.

The Congressman is right when he talks about fighting. The thing the RHINO's and the media cannot understand is that many such as Cruz and Lee were sent to DC with a specific purpose to do all they could to defund obamacare and they kept their promise. Last week Cruz got an 8 1/2 minute standing ovation when he was introduced to a gathering in Texas. When was the last time a politician, to include the Annoited One, get a standing ovation of that length? Boos maybe but not a standing ovation.

Lastly, I encourage the Congressman to stay in the House and not run the Senate because I think he can do better there because his chances of getting the Senate seat are too slim. However, if he feels he must fight that fight I'll understand.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/27/13 - 08:11 am
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Rep. Broun said, "Make no
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Rep. Broun said, "Make no mistake – this war will continue and will end in victory, when in 2017, a new president signs into law legislation that will repeal Obamacare once and for all."
I wish you were right but I'm afraid there are more people without pride on the left just looking for the next handout.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 10/27/13 - 09:08 am
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Just how much did Broun and Family suffer?
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Looks like he's ready to lead us to Death or Glory... from behind.

Are we in his Will when he takes one for all of us (as if we are in it, or he would ever take one for us, ha, ha, ha).

More play acting to the Bagger Brotherhood.

I can almost hear Mayor Shinn, "Four Score and Seven Years Ago...".

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dichotomy 10/27/13 - 12:21 pm
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While, I applaud conservative

While, I applaud conservative politicians that stand up for the principles for which they were elected, they fought the battle, surrendered at the last moment, and lost the war of public opinion.

The Obamacare rollout has done more on it's own to discredit this horribly intrusive and expensive government program than all of the grandstanding of the Republican House. You cannot tell hard core ideologue knuckleheads anything by making yourself a bigger target than the cause you are fighting for. Everyone knows that Obama and the Democrats are total disasters at EVERYTHING that has transpired since Obama was first elected. His domestic economic policies have failed, his foreign policies have failed, and Obamacare is already flashing "TILT". The best way to defeat Obama and the Democrats is let them have their way and sit back and wait for the explosion. It will come.

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harley_52 10/27/13 - 01:12 pm
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I'm In Total Agreement...

....with Rep. Broun on this one. Pity so many Republicans who call themselves "Conservatives" joined the Democrats in funding Obamacare even while claiming they're "against it."

Yes, they lost this battle. But they didn't quit and they didn't sacrifice their principles. The bonus is that they once again tied support for Obamacare to all Democrats AND (this is the real bonus) they showed weak-sister Republicans to be supporters of Obamacare as well, in spite of all their claims to the contrary.

I think voters will remember who are the REAL Conservatives and who aren't.

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carcraft 10/27/13 - 02:10 pm
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Dichotomy, If they hadn't

Dichotomy, If they hadn't "surrendered " we would still be talking about evil Republicans and holding America hostage, kidnapping America etc. Now that the mainstream media has patted Obama on the back for hist great "victory " over the evil conservatives they also can't ignore the mess of Obama care! The point that Republicans had nothing to do with it will not allow Democrats to try to wash off the stench in Republican bath water!

KSL
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KSL 10/27/13 - 10:27 pm
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All articles are

All articles are interesting.

But I am posting this because of the reference to healthcare.

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Dlaborday 10/28/13 - 03:37 pm
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Get your facts straight

Deestafford, the ACA received a super-majority of 60 votes in the senate.
Also, I believe RINO stands for "republican in name only". There is no "H".

Your argument is undercut by factual errors. At least try to have an actual understanding of why you hate something.

With regards to this piece by Broun, when he says "the majority of Americans applauded our efforts" to defund Obamacare, he has got to be kidding. Has anyone seen the public opinion poll numbers for Republicans?

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AmericanPatriot 10/28/13 - 03:52 pm
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Broun is an embarrasment to the State of Georgia

In typical Broun form he begins his missive with a false statement, saying this was a fight Americans had been waiting and hoping for and that a majority of Americans applauded the efforts of a handful of right wing extremists to prevent the implementation of a law passed by a majority of both houses of Congress, signed by the President, and upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. This by definition is seditious conspiracy on the part of Broun and his cohorts.

Americans had the choice to reject the Affordable Care Act in last year's election but chose to reelect the man most responsible for it's creation. The law is already benefiting millions of Americans and it's implementation in states that chose to embrace it has gone relatively smoothly. Is it perfect? Of course not. Have their been problems with the website for the federally facilitated exchanges? Without a doubt. Broun should be working on behalf of his constituents to improve the law, not dismantle it.

The only part of the law unpopular with a majority of Americans is the individual mandate, a mandate that ironically was designed and championed by Republicans as a beacon of personal responsibility. The ultimate irony, or rather hypocrisy, is that the model of "Obamacare" (mandated federally subsidized insurance exchanges) is the exact type of plan Broun has endorsed for the future of Medicare and Social Security by voting for Paul Ryan's Republican budget.

It is past time for Broun to stop misleading the people of Georgia and put an end to his partisan gamesmanship. Georgians deserve better.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/28/13 - 04:47 pm
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AmericanPatriot said,
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AmericanPatriot said, "Americans had the choice to reject the Affordable Care Act in last year's election but chose to reelect the man most responsible for it's creation."
Sadly you are correct, the ignorant, the moochers and the gullible bought the lies of the evil man in the Whitehouse. Obama received less votes in 2012 than he did in 2008 so the lazy are guilty also. It reminds me of what happened in Nazi Germany in 30s only we will not give up our guns.
Actually Broun is the American Patriot because he cares more about the country than he does about handouts.

Dlaborday
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Dlaborday 10/28/13 - 05:07 pm
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Teaparty, please explain...

How does a healthcare law remind you of Nazi Germany in the 30s?
And what does this all have to do with guns?
Please, let us all know more about these insightful and reasonable statements you are making.

Thank you.

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raul 10/28/13 - 06:00 pm
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Even the mainstream media

Even the mainstream media such as NBC are stating Obama knew people would lose their health coverage that didn't meet ACA minimum standards. If Obama and the W.H. administration knew, why didn't the Republicans? And if they did know, why weren't they raising sand months ago? Seems the American public is just finding out when they get their cancellations of their health coverage effective 31 December.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/28/13 - 07:00 pm
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Dlaborday said, "How does a
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Dlaborday said, "How does a healthcare law remind you of Nazi Germany in the 30s?
And what does this all have to do with guns?"
14 Similiarities between Adolf Hitler & Barack Obama, one of the 1st thing Hitler did was take the average person's guns.
1. Both Hitler and Obama held rallies in outdoor stadiums to excite and inflame the people’s passions. Frequently women would faint or break into tears.
2. Both Hitler and Obama wrote ghost-written autobiographies prior to the start of their run for political office. Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle), and Obama wrote Dreams Of My Father. Both men then wrote a second book talking about their goals for Germany and America. Hitler wrote A New World Order, and Obama wrote The Audacity of Hope.
3. Both Hitler and Obama originally had last names that were changed later in life. Hitler used to be Schickelbruber, and Obama’s last name was Soetoro.
4. Both Hitler and Obama hid their real identies. Hiter had a Jewish ancestry, and Obama
a Muslim one. But unlike Hitler, Obama flaunted his Muslim roots in his start as a politician in order to defuse the inevitable firestorm. His ploy of “hiding in plain sight” worked very well.
5. Both Hitler and Obama’s supporters followed them blindly, and without question
6. Both Hitler and Obama used political power and coercion to conceal and hide their birth certificates from coming to public view. Hitler made his disappear, and Obama is unwilling and unable to produce his long-form birth certificate.
7. Both Hitler and Obama advocate using young people as a driving force to create an “army” of youth dedicated to their Ideals. Hitler had his Hitler Youth, and Obama his
Obama Youth Brigade.
8. Both Hitler and Obama were known for their tremendous oratorical skills
9. Both Hitler and Obama received Messianic comparisons, and both men had songs of adoration written about them and for them.
10. Like Hitler, Obama rules in direct disregard to the will and wishes of the people.
11. Like Hitler, Obama has an obvious distaste for the Jews, and sides with the Muslims every chance he gets.
12. Both Hitler and Obama were able to mezmerize the people even when it was obvious that what they were saying was not true.
13. Both Hitler and Obama used domestic terrorists to launch their careers. Hitler had his Brown Shirts from his beer hall days, and Obama had people like Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Rashid Khalidi.
14. Like Hitler, Obama advocates using murder as a means of population control.

Dlaborday
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Dlaborday 10/28/13 - 07:38 pm
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Wow.

Wow, Teaparty. I don't know where to start with that mess of misinformation. Pretty entertaining, though.

I hope the whole "crazy-person" thing works out for you.

teaparty
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teaparty 10/28/13 - 08:23 pm
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Dlaborday, Yes, he is one
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Dlaborday, Yes, he is one evil SOB

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