Former Congressman Allen West took to Facebook Sunday to respond to the internal war generated by the House’s attempt to defund Obamacare. He also offered his own wartime tactical plan of attack to House Republicans.
“President Obama quite obviously fails to understand the difference between politics and policy, and instead misinterprets legislative procedure as ‘messin’ wit me,’” West wrote. “How deplorable.”
He then figuratively picked up the speaker’s gavel and set to work.
“Now, if it were House Speaker Allen West, (who did get two votes by the way), this is how I would be ready to respond to Harry Reid’s foolishness,” he wrote. “I would have a bill ready to fund the government with a 6-[month] Continuing Resolution (CR), at current spending levels, that includes a delay in implementation of the individual mandate aligned with delay of the employer mandate to Jan 2015.”
That sounds reasonable — even innocuous. Instead of “defunding” the Affordable Care Act, delay it. “Defunding” is a buzzword doing little more than causing division. A “delay,” on the other hand, is in keeping with the administration’s own action with the employer mandate.
“The six-month CR would also have attached a provision to rescind all 2000 previously granted waivers and exemptions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and no subsidies or exemptions for Members of and staff of US Congress,” West added.
Perfect! What’s good for us should be good for everyone.
“Also, the CR would require subsidy verification for individuals entering into government exchanges,” he wrote. “Lastly, the CR would have attached a provision to stop the mandatory PPACA cuts to MEDICARE, estimated to be around $270B and no funding for additional 16k IRS agents called for by PPACA.”
In short, let the program stand on its own. If it can’t do that, there’s something fundamentally wrong with it.
West closed with a personal message to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and President Obama.
“And Speaker Boehner, feel free to adopt this legislative proposal, there is no idea patent law here,” he said. “President Obama, this is not a case of ‘messin’ wit ya’ — this is how I learned about statesmanship from former Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr.”
Shaw died early this month from cancer after a lifetime of service to South Florida, representing the same district West was elected to represent years later.
West followed up with this tweet:
If it were House Speaker West, this is the 6-mon CR and PPACA alt I’d have ready to respond to Reid’s foolishness: http://t.co/eJZiAosSCr
— Allen West (@AllenWest) September 22, 2013