Multiple Grassroots roots in Florida have stood up to support the House Freedom Caucus in their courageous stand for a meaningful repeal of Obamacare. Below are their press release and the letter. SunbeamTimes.com editor and founder Dr. David McKalip signed on to the letter in his capacity of the President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and surgeons.
President of Lakewood Ranch Republican Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Florida Grassroots Coalition Letter of Support
For Florida House Freedom Caucus Members
Florida (April 6, 2017) Over 60 leaders of Florida conservative grassroots organizations past and present express their support for Florida members of the House Freedom Caucus, which include Representatives Ron DeSantis, Bill Posey and Ted Yoho.
Conservatives in Florida commend these Congressmen for standing firm with some of their colleagues in the Freedom Caucus to object to the faux repeal of Obamacare titled American Health Care Act, in its current form, that does nothing to lower premiums nor bring relief to the American public.
The letter states “We are proud of the conduct of Representatives Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho and Bill Posey, and appreciate their willingness to work towards a consensus where principles are not compromised, and where solutions rooted in our liberty can be secured.”
Conservatives throughout Florida are encouraged to contact their member of Congress and ask that they follow the leadership displayed by these three members of Congress who are in keeping their campaign promise to repeal Obamacare.
The letter in its entirety can be found at http://bit.ly/2o39Fcd (and below).
FLORIDA GRASSROOTS COALITION
Date: April, 5, 2017
To: Representatives Ron DeSantis, Bill Posey and Ted Yoho
Re: Letter of Appreciation
We the undersigned are representatives of the grassroots in Florida who arose in 2010 in opposition to government-controlled health care that became known as Obamacare. We wish to express our appreciation for your leadership in repealing Obamacare and keeping your campaign promises.
As predicted, Obamacare failed the American public by placing heavy regulations, burdens and penalties on individuals and businesses alike to buy expensive, one-size-fits all plans that come with high deductibles, rising premiums, limited choices and misguided policy focused on issuing health cards over health care.
Since 2010, we had been promised by our Representatives that if we won back the House and the power of the purse it held, Obamacare would be repealed. When this didn’t happen we were told we needed the Senate to secure the Legislative branch and its lawmaking authority to repeal Obamacare. There was a short period of hope when a repeal bill passed both branches of Congress in December 2015 with the blessing of every Republican lawmaker but then we were told we also needed control of the Executive branch to override a veto and repeal Obamacare “root and branch”.
After a stunning win in November 2016, there was renewed hope that the nightmare of Obamacare was over and the repeal bill vetoed in January 2016 by President Obama could now be signed into law by the new president, perhaps even on Inauguration Day. Clearly there was precedent in passing the repeal bill that cleared Congress a year prior that Republicans had voted for unanimously.
Imagine our horror when days after Inauguration turned into weeks, with no repeal bill forthcoming. It appeared the clock was purposefully being run out causing lost momentum which gave the left a chance to organize resistance so that Republican lawmakers could be “softened up” in townhalls over President’s Day recess and made more compliant.
Rumors started surfacing that House Leadership was working in secret on a comprehensive bill. Conservatives were not welcome and were locked out of the process. What finally emerged did not resemble the simple 2015 repeal bill at all. Lawmakers were given a binary take it or leave it choice and no amendments were to be made. If they balked, they would be labeled obstructionists and interfering with other pressing legislative initiatives. Many lawmakers buckled under the pressure.
There are however several who stood up for us and withstood the pressures to cave on first principles. Thoughtful Freedom Caucus conservatives such as Representatives Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho and Bill Posey are to be commended for standing firm with some of their colleagues in the Freedom Caucus to save us from faux repeal which would do nothing to lower premiums nor bring relief to the American public. They are willing to debate in good faith with logic, common sense, moral clarity and civility on which America was built. Only those with no principled argument would “just hang up” on such debate.
We in are proud of the conduct of Representatives Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho and Bill Posey, and appreciate their willingness to work towards a consensus where principles are not compromised, and where solutions rooted in our liberty can be secured.
Thank You Congressmen Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho and Bill Posey for your outstanding service on this matter.
Florida Grassroots Leaders:
Jason Hoyt, Orlando
Nancy Meinhardt, Miami 912
Maureen Arrigale, Nature Coast 9.12 Groups
Tim Curtis, Tampa 912
Karen Jaroch, Tampa 912
Mark Grosenbaugh, Tampa 912
Mark Gotz, St Lucie 912
Jim Lampe, S Pinellas 912 Patriots
Pete Franco, S Pinellas 912 Patriots
Barb Haselden, S Pinellas 912 Patriots
Dr. David McKalip, President, Florida Chapter of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Steve Vernon, Bradenton
Rodger Dowdell, Manatee County
Cindy Youell, Greater Orlando Tea Party
Don Forward, Titusville Patriots
Connie Smith, Titusville Patriots
Ray Sanchez, Volusia 912
Carole McManus, First Coast Tea Party
Tina Woode, Seminole County 912
Alan Berkelhammer, Gainesville Tea Party
Kim Irvine, Pasco 912
Cynthia Lucas, Martin Co 912/Tea Party Committee
Kathy Gibson, Orange County
Pam Evans, Broward County
Tom Gaitens, Tampa Tea Party
Sharon Calvert, Tampa Tea Party
Chris Shalosky, Tampa Tea Party
Bill Barnett, Orange County
Tony Ledbetter, Volusia County
Catherine Baer, Tea Party Network
Alice Butien, Putnam County Tea Party
John Beck, Gainesville Tea Party
Emily Barsch, Conservative Club of East Pasco
Randy McDaniels, FL Act for America
John Lacquey, North Central Florida Tea Party
Lane and Pat Watkins, North Central Florida Tea Party
Sharon Higgins, North Central Florida Tea Party
Kathy Brown, Brandon 912
Lois M Hackney, Conservative Club of East Pasco
Clyde Fabretti, Orlando
Sharon Higgins, North Central Florida Tea Party
Deb Boelkes, Founder-We the People (Nassau County)
Larry and Nikki White, Flagler County Tea Party
Elaine Laffey, Tea Party Ft Lauderdale
Cindy Hofeditz, Polk City 912
John Hallman, Legislative Affairs Director – Liberty First Network
Bob White, Chairman – Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida
Judith Welker, Broward Tea Party
Bob Duff, Broward County
Ruth Roman, Co-Chair – Champions of Liberty Alliance
- Ilene Davis, Cocoa FL
Gaye Ellis, FL Panhandle Patriots
Randy McLendon, Taking Our Country Back
Andy Dubois, North Lake Tea Party
Marie Dubois, North Lake Tea Party
Shirley Wood, Citizens For Constitutional Government
Doug Egger, Tea Party Manatee
Maureen Guffanti, Tea Party Manatee
Royal Brown, Winter Haven912
Glynnda White, Winter Haven 912
Pete and Leslie Smith, Winter Haven 912
Lee Agnew, Winter Haven 912
Kay Mijou, Winter Haven 912
Dan and Peg Dunavin, Winter Haven 912
Keith Flaugh, Florida Citizens Alliance
Lance Thate, St Augustine Tea Party
Laurie Newsom, Steering Committee Chair – Gainesville Tea Party