“At a time when so many Americans are suffering because of the rollout of this new law, I remain puzzled by your failure to acknowledge the faults caused by this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular measure,” Demint, president of the Heritage Foundation, wrote Thursday.
“We believe the law should be fully repealed, but at minimum, both sides should agree not to fund the law for one year — a 'time-out' that would halt the law’s most harmful effects before they start.”
Heritage has fully supported the push by Tea Party members of Congress to only fund the government as long as elements of the healthcare law are defunded or delayed.
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government The CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday MORE (R-Texas) is largely responsible for leading that charge, which has been repeatedly stopped by Senate Democrats.
ObamacCare’s insurance exchanges have been available for a little more than a week — three years after the law was signed and the same day the federal government shut down.
“Speaking for our organization, I can tell you we’re in this fight because of the harm the law is inflicting on Americans across the country,” DeMint said.
He described anecdotes from Americans whose health, DeMint said, has been harmed because of the new insurance exchanges.
The website running the new system has had a number of technical setbacks in the last week, drawing heavy criticism from GOP lawmakers.
Obama administration officials acknowledge the issues, but have said they remain committed to the rollout, and won’t give in to Republican demands.
“Even though Democrats have thus far refused to negotiate on anything related to the current government slowdown, millions of citizens need relief from this law,” DeMint said.
“I encourage you and your administration to work with Congress on ways to stop ObamaCare from harming the American people and the American economy.”