Rep. Bridenstine Vows To ‘Continue Fighting Obamacare As Long As We Have Breath’

By Ali Meyer | October 18, 2013 | 6:10 PM EDT


Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) (AP photo)

( –  “You can count on us to continue fighting Obamacare as long as we have breath because this is hurting a lot of people,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) vowed during a Republican Study Committee (RSC) conference call Friday in which RSC members expressed their deep-seated concern over the recently passed budget deal, implementation of Obamacare, and the nation’s growing national debt.

After the budget deal reached by the House and Senate Wednesday, many believe that Obamacare is here to stay, Bridenstine said. But he assured listeners that conservative members of Congress would not abandon the fight.

“We need a market that works. Right now, there isn’t a market for healthcare. There’s a reason healthcare costs are going up, it’s similar to the reason that education costs are going up. The more you subsidize it, the more you have third parties paying for things, then it gets overutilized.

“We have to have a functioning market in order to have lower prices and more access. And right now we don’t have that, and Obamacare makes it even worse. You can count on us to continue fighting Obamacare as long as we have breath because this is hurting a lot of people,” the Oklahoma Republican vowed.

Bridenstine also harshly criticized the shutdown deal, which was opposed by 18 Republicans in the Senate and 144 in the House. “We have entered this new era where the American people believe that you have to either fund all of government, or you can fund none of government,” he said.

“The Obama Administration has wrongly made the American public believe that you do something incorrect when you don’t fully fund the government, but historically that’s not the way things are done," he explained, adding that the Senate held many appropriations bills hostage intentionally because they wanted an all-or-nothing case to push Obamacare.

“At the end of the day, everybody in America seems to believe that you have to fund all of government or else you’re being an obstructionist, which is not how it’s supposed to work,” the congressman said.

He also pointed out that while Obamacare is causing economic hardship for many Americans, our nation’s debt has breached the $17 trillion mark.

“The President’s policies of trillion dollar deficits and easy money, these are policies that have been putting us in a position where he is harming the very people he purports to want to help, and I think that’s a message that we as Republicans are not carrying in a way that we should,” Bridenstine said.

“The problem here is we don’t have a debt ceiling anymore, we have a date. What is to prevent the Treasury from pre-selling bonds and raising as much money necessary to get us past the next election? And I think that’s very troubling.”

The negative effects of the Federal Reserve’s polices are twofold, Bridestine noted, including artificially low interest rates and higher prices on goods and services.

“The price of food, the price of housing, the price of gasoline, all of these prices are higher than they otherwise would be because of our easy money policy, because of the quantitative easing, where we are printing $85 billion a month,” he said.