(The following is a transcript of Todd’s midday commentary – heard nationally on Fox News Radio stations.)
In 2009 President Obama touted the Cleveland Clinic as an example of healthcare that “works well.” Yesterday, the Cleveland Clinic announced they were being forced to eliminate thousands of jobs. And they are blaming Obamacare.
Hospitals employees nationwide are facing similar fates. Hundreds will lose their jobs at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, South Coast Hospital in Rhode Island and in Taos, N.M.
Republicans need to remember that in the battle to defund Obamacare. They need to remember the tens of thousands of people President Obama is putting on the unemployment line.
Push will come to shove and Republicans need to be willing to shove back. If that means a government shutdown in October — so be it.
“If there’s ever been a time for politicians to take a risk on their next election, it’s stopping the government takeover of healthcare,” said Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation. “This is not about political party or political calculation.”
We need men and women who share DeMint’s fortitude in the House and Senate. We need lawmakers who are willing to stand their ground and stand up for the American people.
“We need to keep bringing people back to the fact that this law is devastating to America,” DeMint said. “It’s completely un-American in a lot of ways for us to be thinking of government-run healthcare.”
Unfortunately, a fair number of Republican lawmakers left their spines back in their districts and some have already suggested it’s time to abandon efforts to defund Obamacare. I believe that would be a grave mistake.
“Americans want this law stopped,” DeMint said. “It’s time elected officials stand up for what they promised they will do.”
I agree. It’s time for Republicans to stand up and do the job they were elected to do. Anything less is a betrayal to the people who sent them to Washington, D.C.