Black Conservatives React to House Repeal of ObamaCare
Washington, D.C. – With the U.S. House of Representatives voting today to completely repeal last year's legislation to begin a federal government takeover of the nation's health care apparatus, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are reacting:
Bishop Council Nedd II: "Today's bipartisan vote in the House to repeal ObamaCare is not an end to the debate but a beginning. It is the clarion call for a larger effort to begin improving our health care system using free market solutions such as tax incentives that promote individuals' choices, tort reform and an end to mandates that put bureaucrats in control of personal health choices." (Project 21 member Council Nedd II is a bishop with the Episcopal Missionary Church who lives near Pittsburgh.)
Cherylyn Harley LeBon: "While we recognize that the repeal of ObamaCare will face an uphill battle, we need to remember the reasons why it is necessary to do it: repeal will promote job growth by preventing the implementation of mandates and penalties; stop an additional $500 billion increase in new taxes and prevent a massive new entitlement our country simply cannot afford." (Project 21 member Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a former senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee who lives in northern Virginia.)
Ak'Bar Shabazz: "Although conservatives likely have little chance of completely overturning the liberal power grab they called health care reform right now with this particular bill, the symbolism should be applauded. Government spending over the past few years, and especially under President Obama, is threatening to surpass legal levels. Having the federal government additionally assume control of over nearly 20 percent of the existing American economy is a measure that is sure to end in costly inefficiencies, fraud and unsustainable debt that will cripple future generations." (Project 21 member Ak'Bar Shabazz is a small business owner who lives in the Atlanta metro area.)
R. Dozier Gray: "ObamaCare ought to be repealed, but not because of the results of the mid-term elections nor current political polls. ObamaCare needs to be repealed because the bill passed last March is flawed, partisan and premised on -- to put it mildly -- questionable constitutional grounds. Lawmakers must go on record now and often to advocate the repeal of all or parts of this scheme. The debate must not die. Those who want to kill the debate prematurely do so only because they realize the truth is not on their side." (Project 21 member R. Dozier Gray is an analyst who lives in northern Virginia.)
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).