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McConnell: Anyone Who Thinks We've Given Up Fight Against Obamacare Is "Dead Wrong"

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democrats’ failed budget and Obamacare law that grow the government, not the economy:

“It took four years to get a budget from the Senate majority. Four long years. Well, as the days go by, it’s become increasingly clear why it took so long: their budget is just so extreme and so unbalanced.

“That’s why they’re having such a hard time selling it to the American people, and why they’ve had to fall back on some tired talking points to defend it, claiming their budget would, for instance, ‘grow the economy from the middle class out.’ That’s a clever sound bite, but it doesn’t describe the Senate Democrat budget.

“Maybe a better way to put it is that the Democrat budget would ‘grow the bureaucracy from the pockets of the middle class out.’

“That’s because it would increase federal spending by almost two-thirds by imposing a massive tax hike that could cost the average middle-class family thousands. The Democrats like to say the up to $1.5 trillion tax increase authorized in their budget, the largest tax hike in American history, would be funded by closing loopholes for millionaires and billionaires, but the math simply doesn’t add up. They’ll have to come after the middle class to fund their spending spree.

“And here’s something else: the Senate Democrat budget wouldn’t balance – ever. Not in 2013. Not in 2023. Not in 3023.

“It wouldn’t balance in any of our lifetimes. It wouldn’t balance in the lifetimes of our children or grandchildren. It simply would never balance.

“Think about it: that means a child born today would grow up knowing nothing but massive deficits their entire life. That means trillions upon trillions in more debt, and an economy that would never reach its full potential. That’s not right, but it’s what we’d get with the Senate Democrat plan. It’s an extreme approach that’s more than just fiscally reckless – it’s deeply irresponsible.

“That’s why so many middle-class families agree with Republicans that we should be growing the economy, not the government. They know we need to control Washington spending and balance the budget in order to kick-start economic growth and create American jobs.

“They’re just so tired of the Obama economy.

“They’re tired of the endless ‘pivots to jobs’ that never result in the kind of sustained job creation we need. They’re tired of the sluggish growth. Of always looking to the future with anxiety. Of worrying whether Medicare will even be there when they retire.

“And they’re tired of the ideological D.C. Democrat extremism that got us here: knee-jerk, tax-first solutions to almost every problem, massive overspending, and steadfast opposition to reforms that would make government programs more efficient, effective, and sustainable.

“So my friends across the aisle shouldn’t be surprised their budget is getting such a rough ride.

“It contains up to a $1.5 trillion tax hike, the largest in American history.

“It contains a half-trillion in more spending, money that would be siphoned out of the economy and into the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.

“It lacks meaningful reforms to save and strengthen Medicare, allowing it to go bankrupt in just a few years.

“And it enshrines massive deficits into law, ensuring they continue forever and ever without end.

“The Senate Democrat budget is nothing more than a rehash of the same tired policies that continue to pummel the middle class. So it’s time to move beyond this failed, extremist approach and try a new one. Instead of expanding the power of the bureaucratic elite at the expense of hardworking taxpayers, I urge Washington to change course. Let’s focus on growing the economy, not the government.

“On a related matter, I’d also like to discuss Obamacare for a moment. As I just stated, Senate Republicans want policies that grow the economy, not the government.

“Yet Obamacare is a law that grows the government and will slow our economy. And on Saturday, we’ll mark the third anniversary of its passage into law.

“Republicans have long warned that Obamacare would have a devastating impact on our country. I’ve spoken about 100 times on the Senate floor against Obamacare, and I’ve warned about its consequences: increased premiums, lost jobs, higher taxes.

“Unfortunately, many of those things have already started happening – and the federal government has only just begun implementing this law.

“Instead of premiums going down by $2,500 as the President promised, they’ve actually gone up by about the same amount. And Congress’ own nonpartisan budget experts tell us that premiums will increase by $2,100 after more rules, taxes, and mandates take effect.

“The Federal Reserve also came out with a report that confirmed something else Americans already know – Obamacare is costing us jobs. By some estimates, it could mean 800,000 fewer jobs at a time when we desperately need more of them.

“Members of the President’s own party have begun sounding the alarm about the law’s tax hikes, including its tax on medical devices. His union allies are concerned the law will make them less competitive too. Well of course it will. Perhaps some of those union bosses should have more thoroughly considered the wellbeing of their members before supporting Obamacare’s passage in the first place.

“And Obamacare has already become a regulatory nightmare. Just look at this chart next to me.

“Right there on the chair in the photo – that’s the original Obamacare law. Remember the legislation that was so long, former Speaker Pelosi told us we had to vote for it to find out what was in it?

“That monster of a bill was hundreds and hundreds of pages long. But that’s nothing compared to the regulations it spawned.

“The more than 7-foot tall stack of paper right next to it, that’s what has become known as the ‘Red Tape Tower.’ It’s nearly 20,000 pages worth of Obamacare regulations. And that’s just what the bureaucracy has dreamed up so far. You can only imagine how much more is yet to come.

“Do we really expect small businesses to be able to cope with all the rules in this tower? If you were a small-business owner, could you? Would you even be able read through all of them and figure out which ones applied to you?

“I doubt it. And don’t expect the average American to have much luck either.

“The administration released a draft Obamacare application last week. It’s 21 pages long. Unbelievable. If you like doing your taxes, you’re going to love applying for the Obamacare exchanges.

“So Washington Democrats may pop the champagne this Saturday to celebrate their law’s third anniversary, but more Americans and small business owners will be reaching for an aspirin once they’re forced to start navigating this bureaucratic nightmare.

“In my view, Obamacare is a colossal mistake for our country. There’s just no way to fix it. It needs to be pulled out by its roots and we need to start over.

“This bill needs to be repealed and replaced – not with another unreadable law or another 20,000 pages of regulations – but with common-sense reforms that actually lower health care costs.

“And anyone who thinks we’ve given up that fight is dead wrong.”

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