August 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Log Cabin denounces ‘tyrannical’ Obamacare
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President Obama’s signature legislative achievement is again under attack by Republicans. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The national gay group Log Cabin Republicans this week joined 21 conservative organizations, including some that oppose LGBT rights, in signing a letter calling on Congress to gut President Obama’s health care reform law.

The letter came shortly before the House began debate Friday morning on a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) that would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from becoming involved in any way in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including providing tax credits to individuals and small businesses to lower their health insurance premiums.

The bill, which Obama supporters say would effectively kill the health care reform law, marks the 40th attempt by House Republicans to kill the controversial law.

“I wanted you to know that today Log Cabin Republicans joined Americans for Tax Reform and a broad coalition of national conservative leaders as co-signers of a letter demanding that the United States Congress remove the Internal Revenue Service from any role in the implementation of the tyrannical Obamacare law,” Log Cabin Executive Director Gregory Angelo said in an Aug. 1 letter to the group’s members.

“The healthcare of the American people is one of the most personal and private aspects of our lives – even more so for LGBT Americans,” Angelo said in his letter. “Recent controversies about IRS targeting are bad enough, but with present scandals set aside, the last thing any member of the LGBT community needs is the IRS involved in any way in our heath care,” he said.

Angelo was referring to allegations that IRS officials gave greater scrutiny to conservative groups applying for a non-profit, tax-exempt status. A congressional investigation into the allegations prompted the IRS to apologize for the actions of a few officials who reportedly gave greater scrutiny to conservative groups. However, IRS officials said the agency also challenged tax-exempt applications of liberal-leaning groups.

Among the organizations co-signing the letter to Congress with Log Cabin were Concerned Women for America, which opposes virtually all LGBT rights legislation pending in Congress; the American Conservative Union, which barred Log Cabin and the gay conservative group GOProud from participating in its annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference in March; and Restore America’s Mission, which advocates against same-sex marriage.

Angelo told the Blade Log Cabin has made it clear that it doesn’t agree with the LGBT-related positions of some of the co-signers. But he said Log Cabin and each of the co-signers shares the strongly held position that the Obama health care reform law is harmful to the nation and should be repealed.

Angelo noted that the joint letter was initiated by Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist, who has been supportive of Log Cabin.

The House was scheduled to vote Friday on the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, known as HR 2009. The bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury, who has jurisdiction over the IRS, from enforcing the Obamacare law, which is officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Democratic leaders in the House, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have called the latest GOP bill to kill the Obamacare law a publicity stunt aimed at diverting attention from Republican lawmakers’ opposition to a compromise deficit reduction measure and other pending bills opposed by House Republican leaders.

“It is only fitting that Republicans would waste the last week at work this summer voting for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continue their record of no jobs bills, no budget agreement, and no solutions for the middle class,” Pelosi said in a statement.

All of the GOP-sponsored bills calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act have died in the Senate. Senate Democratic leaders said the bill being debated on Friday, if approved by the GOP-controlled House, would be dead on arrival in the Democratic Senate.

In his letter to Log Cabin members announcing that he co-signed the joint letter supporting HR 2009, Angelo also asked members to make a contribution to the gay GOP group.

“Your financial support of Log Cabin Republicans today allows us to continue to fight for choice in healthcare, your right to privacy, and to keep gay Americans -— and all Americans — free. Please give today and tell the IRS: Hands off my healthcare!”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • Wow, a strongly worded letter. I’ll bet Obama is sitting in his office shaking. Not sure if this latest stunt from LCR to try and appear relevant should be filed under “pitiful” or “pathetic?” Are there people who are still actually sending these guys money?

  • I am not a Republican. You don't have to be one to dislike ObamaRomneyWellpoint care written by the insurance companies (proof:

    The 2-party system charade fails miserably at all of its existing efforts to help poor people and this will be just another government failure. Also forcing people to buy or sign up for something is inhumane.

    A government 16 trillion in debt is going to define affordable? Good one.

    • Yeah Jeff you’re just a Gay who hates Obama and loves Hillary and when she wins in 2016 you will NOT be carrying on as such. You’ll be liken sheep and will abide by whatever Hillary says! which is the same as Obama.

  • Here they go again, aligning themselves with people who challenge their very humanity, to yap like little lapdogs about "tyrannical" Obamacare. Like their fellow Republicans, all they do is yap because they haven't put forward one viable alternative plan. How about this: Put up…or shut up. Millions of Americans are going to benefit from Obamacare, and then the LCRs like the rest of their retrograde party will be squealing like stuck pigs instead of yapping like lapdogs.

  • Linda Elaine Burns Duplessis

    When Obamacare succeeds – it will be the Republican's idea!

  • Selfish Republicans will simply not stop. The new health care law was designed as an honest attempt to come up a way, short of nationalizing our health care system, to solve the problem of having millions of Americans being without health insurance. Callous Republicans had their chance, back n 2009 and 2010, at offering alternative suggestions to the new health care law. But their “alternatives” were rejected by Congress back then because the alternatives were weak and insufficient. For example, the Repugnantcans called for allowing people to have “individual tax free medical savings accounts” and enacting tort reform. Doing those things would not have covered anywhere NEAR as many people as will be covered, when this new law is fully implemented.

    Republicans apparently have hurt feelings because their own crappy, insufficient “alternatives” were not adopted by Congress. Childishly, some of them are therefore determined to not let this new health care law have a fair chance.

  • When the Log Cabin Republicans disregarded Mitt Romney's support for a federal constitutional amendment that would forever render us all second-class citizens and nevertheless endorsed him for president anyway, they crossed a very clearly marked red line and forfeited their credibility in ever again trying to speak on gay rights. They were willing to sell out when it came to the one issue that has been an absolute for our movement, an issue over which many gay Democrats have refused to endorse or even support our own party's candidates for office. LCR willingly betrayed the movement and rendered themselves untrustworthy tools. I have no intention of ever taking them seriously again, and I don't care ever to hear another peep from them. As far as I'm concerned, they are no longer part of the gay rights movement.

  • To hell with Log Cabin Republicans! By openly coming out in favor of doing away with the Affordable Care Act, they have joined the ranks of other Republican plutocrats who don't give a damn about the millions of Americans who cannot afford the high cost of health insurance.

    Newsflash for Log Cabin: All those attempts to repeal "Obamacare" are doomed to fail as long as President Obama remains in office and the Democrats remain in control of the Senate.

    Why do they even waste their time trying, knowing full well that no matter how many times the pass bills to repeal it, their bills have absolutely ZERO CHANCE of passage in the Senate — and would face certain veto by the president even if any one of those bills reached his desk. The House Republicans know they don't have the two-thirds majority required for an override.

    The tea-party faction in the House Republican Caucus have demonstrated time and again their absolute ideological rigidity that openly defies both political and governmental reality. It's part and parcel of a Republican Party that is rapidly going off the rails into outright fanaticism on this and other issues.

  • Want to know why they call themselves "Log Cabin Republicans"? It something to do with their Uncle Tom. Fucking traitors, the lot of them.

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