In light of the John Kerry like flip-flops we have seen from Senator Portman lately, a fair question to ask would be is, "is Senator Rob Portman 'really' against Obamacare and is he dedicated to defunding it?"
In fairness to Senator Portman, it should be noted that he has signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill to defund Obamacare and also joined in with all 46 Republican Senators in a letter urging President Obama to permanently delay the implementation of Obamacare.
But, as we have so painfully seen, just because Senator Portman say's he is against something, doesn't mean he is "really" against it.
Highlighting just some of Senator Portman's recent triple lindy flips off the high dive of conservatism and belly flopping into the pool of progressive politics, we see Senator Portman....
- Was once strongly against same sex marriage -- he now supports same sex marriage.
- Continually claimed he was against Richard Cordray being appointed to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- he voted in support of Cordray's confirmation.
- Continually claimed he was against the Senate Immigration Reform bill (S. 744) -- he voted in support of Cloture which allowed the bill to move forward and eventually pass.
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 14 of his fellow Senate Republicans sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) urging him to delay all of Obamacare, and declaring their intent to defund the law in any Continuing Resolutions or other measures to fund the federal government.
So, with Senator Portman co-sponsoring a bill to defund Obamacare, his joining with fellow Senators urging the permanent delay of Obamacare and, being fully aware that voters in Ohio have soundly rejected Obamacare with passage of the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment, one would think it would be a no-brainer that Senator Portman would support Senator Mike Lee's letter and additional attempts to defund Obamacare -- right? Wrong!
To date, even though he claims to be against Obamacare, Senator Portman has not signed onto Senator Lee's letter to defund Obamacare in Continuing Resolution talks. Taking into account the above items Senator Portman also claimed to be against, his not supporting this effort should be a cause of great concern.
If we are to defeat or defund Obamacare - the do or die fight is now and Senator Portman needs to decide and show us whose side he is on.
Please contact Senator Portman's office and urge him for once to keep his word and not abandon his conservative base again. Please urge Senator Portman to sign Senator Lee's letter and support this do or die effort to defund Obamacare.
Senator Rob Portman
DC Office: (202)224-3353
To read the full text of Senator Lee's letter and to sign it yourself, please click here or on the picture below.