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October 10, 2017
 
The Honorable Rob Portman   The Honorable Dave Joyce
The United States Senate   The US House of Representatives
448 Russell Senate Office Building   1124 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC  20510   Washington, DC  20515
     
  cc The Honorable Jim Renacci
    The US House of Representatives
    328 Cannon House Office Bldg.
    Washington, DC  20515
 
RE: Repealing Obamacare


Dear Senator Portman and Congressman Joyce:
We write to inform you that at the Cuyahoga Valley Republicans (CVR) September 28th meeting, the CVR membership approved unanimously a resolution rebuking Republican members of congress for their failure to repeal Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act.
As you are well aware, grass roots Republicans have worked tirelessly these last seven years to elect and support first, Republican majorities in both the US House and Senate, and now a Republican president.  Prior to President Trump's election, both houses voted for the complete repeal of Obamacare.  Yet now, with a Republican in the White House and Republican control of both houses of congress, the GOP has squandered its earliest, and perhaps best opportunity to overturn this horrendous assault on our freedom.
Therefore, with regard to the explanations that we have been given for Congress' inaction, please note the following:
1) Arguments against repeal without simultaneous replacement, because of changes in circumstances and market conditions, do not hold up to close scrutiny by knowledgeable voters.  That explanation sounds like the talking points of special interest groups who have a financial stake in Obamacare.  It does not sound like a statement consistent with the Republican belief in free market systems and consumer choice.  Chaos in the marketplace is the result of Obamacare/government regulation, not the lack thereof.
2) Oblique support for continuing Obamacare's Medicaid expansion as a condition of repeal is a betrayal of the conservative principals which Republicans are supposed to champion.  In the foreseeable future taxpayers cannot afford another massive entitlement program that trades people's dignity for a government handout.  In the long term, there are better approaches to helping lower income wage earners buy healthcare.
                                                                                                                                         Senator Portman and Congressman Joyce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                October 10, 2017
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3) Claims that funding the battle against opioid addiction should be tied to the repeal of Obamacare are not credible either.  If battling the opioid addiction crisis is as important a cause as most of us believe it to be, then that matter can be addressed as separate, bi-partisan legislation.                                   
Please be advised that if, in the very near future, Congress does not send to the president a complete repeal of Obamacare, with or without a replacement bill, it will be extremely difficult to return a Republican majority to Congress, elect Republicans to statewide office or keep control of the Ohio General Assembly in 2018.  A disillusioned Republican base will not volunteer on behalf of Republican candidates or donate to campaigns.  Neither will it be likely to turn out in force on Election Day.
We applaud your efforts to enact meaningful tax reform.  However, while tax reform is an important matter, it alone will not satisfy the coalition of conservative voters who elected President Trump.  GOP leadership should not bank on gestures intended to placate the party's conservative base ahead of the 2018 elections.  The days are long past when that base will blindly follow the party's leadership. The president's election demonstrates as much.
Therefore, for the good of the American people and the Republican Party we urge you to vote for a complete repeal of Obamacare in the immediate future. This is the job that we as taxpayers, hired you to do. This is a primary reason why we sent you to Washington.
Respectfully,
The Board of Trustees
The Cuyahoga Valley Republicans
Dom Sciria, President
Dr. Donald Moorhead, Vice President
Sally Becker, Secretary
Kim Veras, Recording Secretary
Steve Sweetnich, Treasurer
Sue Komandt, Trustee
Terri Shawhan, Trustee
Jack Boyle      , Trustee