BATON ROUGE – In advance of this week’s U.S. House vote to repeal Obamacare and Speaker John Boehner’s announcement last week that Republicans will produce an Obamacare alternative in this Congress, America Next Honorary Chairman Governor Bobby Jindal is issuing a challenge to members of Congress to reject plans that copy Obamacare and raise taxes. The Governor issued his challenge to Congress in a letter sent today to each member.
Obamacare includes 18 tax increases that total over $1 trillion. Governor Jindal says that there are several “so-called” conservative Obamacare alternatives in Washington, D.C. that repeal Obamacare’s tax increases, but also replace them with new tax hikes. Governor Jindal calls these plans “Obamacare-lite” because they raise taxes and spend billions on new entitlements.
In 2014, as Honorary Chairman of America Next, Governor Jindal outlined an Obamacare alternative that focuses on the American people’s top concern about health care – increasing costs. The America Next Plan repeals all of Obamacare—including all of the law’s tax increases—and does not replace those tax increases with other revenue hikes. The plan gives states the ability to pass reforms and bring down costs.
Governor Jindal said, “Politicians in Washington have a little secret they don't want the American people to know about. So-called conservatives in Washington talk about repealing Obamacare, but they plan to leave the Obamacare tax increases right where they are.
“Their plans don’t repeal the over $1 trillion in tax hikes in Obamacare. Instead, they repeal the taxes and replace them with other taxes. So while politicians talk about how Obamacare needs to be repealed, and how the country cannot afford this new entitlement program at a time when we can’t even pay for our existing entitlement programs – they lack the courage to get rid of the taxes in Obamacare.
“To be blunt, these alleged conservative plans are really just cheap liberal plans that copy Obamacare. It’s Obamacare-lite.
“If politicians campaigned on repealing Obamacare, they should actually do it. They shouldn’t do one thing and say another. It should not take courage for conservatives to stand up and call for repealing Obamacare, including all of its tax increases. But as of now, conservatives in Washington lack that courage. It’s a terrible mistake for us to be the lite beer version of liberals.”
In the letter to Congress, Governor Jindal writes, “I recognize there are other Obamacare alternatives out there; I welcome their ideas, and relish a debate about market-oriented solutions to this Administration’s government-centered approach. But I would caution that conservatives need to focus on truly conservative health reforms—and not merely a slightly-less-liberal plan. Some proposals being discussed would repeal-and-replace the law’s tax increases—substituting other tax increases for Obamacare’s revenue hikes.” A copy of the letter can be found here.