Neither Republican nor Democrat lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act will stand up to President Barack Obama and try to defund it, according to Ben Sasse, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.
"Right now, we have two parties in Congress. We have a Do-Bad-Things Democratic Party and a Do-Nothing Republican Party," Sasse told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"At the end of the day, it doesn’t seem like there's a lot of will in either party . . . You're not hearing any Democrats standing up to him and few Republicans."
Sasse, now president of Midland University and running for senate in Nebraska, is spearheading a campaign to stop the implementation of the Obamacare, calling it a "2,300-page piece of legislation that's a monstrosity."
But unless action is taken now to defund it, there’s little chance it can be stopped, he noted.
"Once the subsidy money starts flowing January of 2014, it's going to be far harder then to ever roll this back, so you better take every opportunity you have now to keep this from happening," he said.
Sasse recalled former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s notorious quote that 47 percent of Americans were "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims . . . who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."
"You know Gov. Romney's 47 percent dependency quote was poorly stated but largely true — and it looks like President Obama's goal is to take us to 52-, 57- and 62-percent dependency. We need to stop that so we need to use all legislative and procedural options at our disposal," he said.
Sasse said one of the "horrible features" of Obamacare is the mandate requiring firms with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance or pay a $2,000 fine per employee. The president, without consulting lawmakers, has now postponed its implementation until 2015.
"It's bad, but President Obama and the Democrats in Congress were in favor of it until they realized how much job destruction and job loss there was going to be because of it," he said.
"The president doesn’t want to admit that there's anything wrong with this legislation and go about it in a constitutional way of asking the Congress to fix it."
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