From Staff and AP Reports
AUSTIN – State Rep. Phil King and State Sen. Craig Estes, Parker County’s representatives in the Texas Legislature, signed a letter Tuesday along with 65 other state legislators urging the Texas congressional delegation “to do all that you can to defund Obamacare …”
The letter, coordinated by the Texas Conservative Coalition, notes that although state lawmakers have rejected Obamacare Medicaid expansion and refused to establish a state-run exchange, “some of the most pernicious parts of Obamcare can only be stopped at the federal level.”
“This program has not even been fully implemented and we are seeing dramatic increases in insurance premiums and high costs to our businesses,” King stated. “Our families should not have to bear the burden of an unaffordable and ineffective law.”
Estes on Tuesday issued a message from his Twitter account, saying: “I stand with #GOP members of #TXLege urging Congress to” defund Obamacare.
King said by defunding Obamacare, $1.8 trillion in new spending will be stopped and $771 billion in current and future taxes will be eliminated.
“Texans must stand strong in urging Congress to fund the federal government while defunding Obamacare,” King said.
State Rep. Geanie W. Morrison, who serves as TCC board president , stated: “The so-called ‘Affordable Care Act’ is not even fully implemented, and is already costing jobs, leading to costly increases in insurance premiums, and promising billions of dollars in new taxes. Texans should not have to shoulder the costs of Obamacare, which is why we implore our Texas delegation to defund this unpopular, unworkable, and unaffordable law.”
According to TCC, Medicare actuaries recently estimated “that in its first 10 years, Obamacare will boost health spending by ‘roughly $621 billion’ above the amounts Americans would have spent without this misguided law” and that “as estimated by Forbes, that amounts to an increase of $7,450 for a family of four between 2014 and 2022.”