Once again the Illinois Republicans have failed us. It is time that we make note of this vote and remember it the next time that each of these lawmakers (names are listed at the end of this email) comes up for re-election. When 16 Republicans vote to increase the debt (implementing Obamacare 2 years early) and can not stand strong against an unpopular bill nor wait a few month for the possibility of Obamacare being overturned by the Supreme Court. Then these lawmakers must go.
All 16 of them have failed us deeply. And to all 16 of you, we will remind the voters of your lack of leadership and lack of courage when we needed you the most.
And should it be determined that you received some kind of pay off or kick back for your vote then we will expose you to everyone one of your constituents.
The Homer/Lockport Tea Party
Illinois Policy Institute statement regarding Republican support for ObamaCare SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 25, 2012) – Late Thursday, Illinois lawmakers approved legislation that would implement ObamaCare two years ahead of schedule in Cook County. Sixteen Republican lawmakers voted for the ObamaCare legislation, bucking the national trend of Republicans standing firm against President Obama’s misguided, big-government health mandate.
Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman released the following statement regarding the Republican support for ObamaCare: “By partnering with Democrats to implement ObamaCare ahead of schedule in Cook County, these Illinois Republicans and Illinois Republican leadership demonstrated how out of step they are with taxpayers and members of their own party. Unfortunately, this is not the only arena in which Illinois Republicans are the outlier. Elected officials in neighboring Wisconsin and Indiana are reining in state spending and cutting costs, helping to put their economies back on track. Meanwhile in Illinois, there are some Republicans who believe the state still doesn’t have enough money – despite record revenues resulting from last year’s $7 billion tax increase. In addition to backing ObamaCare, Republicans are poised to support a $1-per-pack cigarette tax later today. Beyond supporting ObamaCare and a tax hike, Illinois lawmakers have also fallen short of their own goal to cut $2.7 billion in expenditures from its Medicaid program. Instead, they have equated tax hikes with spending cuts and reached less than $1.6 billion in material cuts. Worst of all, neither the cuts nor the tax hike fix the actual problems with the state’s Medicaid program. They leave in place a broken system where spending will continue to rise faster than revenues, which has long been Illinois’ core problem that has been left unaddressed.”
The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to making Illinois a beacon for liberty and prosperity for all citizens. As a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability, the Institute engages policy makers, opinion leaders and citizens on the state and local level by promoting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. To learn more about the Institute or review policy briefs, please visit: www.illinoispolicy.org.
The Republicans in the IL Senate that voted to implement Obamacare NOW:
From the Senate gallery, I (Jonathan Ingram,IPI) watched as the vote was taken with virtually no debate or discussion. It was clear that the outcome was certain before the bill ever came to the floor. (thanks to Christine Radogno, who had to broker the deal)
Five lameduck Senate Republicans voted in favor of the early implementation, including Suzi Schmidt, Tom Johnson, Shane Cultra, John Millner and John O. Jones. Given that the bill received 35 votes, it’s clear that these five lameduck votes were unnecessary to pass the bill.
Much like the Senate vote earlier today, it was clear that the outcome was certain before the bill ever came to the floor in the House. The Institute was the only group to oppose the bill in the last-minute Human Services committee hearing.
Eleven House Republicans voted in favor of the early implementation, including Franco Coladipietro, Jim Durkin, Mike Fortner, David Leitch, Sidney Mathias, Michael McAuliffe, Rosemary Mulligan, Randy Ramey, Angelo Saviano, Timothy Schmitz, and Dave Winters.