Conservatives lay out plans to repeal health care reform

Tyler Kingkade

DES MOINES — Congressmen Steve King of Iowa and Mike Pence of Indiana rallied a crowd of supporters at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser Saturday by taking shots at Democrats and said one of the Republican party’s top priorities, should they take control in Congress, is to fully repeal the Patients Rights and Affordable Care Act.

“[Democrats’] hope is that little by little we’ll yield our freedoms and our resources to the federal government,” Pence said to the crowd.

King, a Republican from Iowa’s 5th District, described how the House of Representatives would push forward a bill he drafted to repeal health care reform and after President Barack Obama vetoed it, they would put language in each appropriations bill to prevent any funding of the Affordable Care Act.

King’s plan included vowing Obama would be a one-term president and said a Republican will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2013, with a pen in hand to sign the repeal of “Obamacare” before shaking hands with Chief Justice John Roberts.

“’Obamacare’ is the nationalization of your skin and everything inside, and it’s a 10-percent tax on the outside if you go to the tanning salon,” said King. He added “Obamacare” will be pulled out “by the roots.”

Pence echoed King in his own speech, who, after telling a story about taking his own daughter to the hospital for surgery, claimed the goal of the health care reform was to make Americans forever dependent on the federal government when they are most vulnerable.

The third-ranking Republican in the House, Pence also said it was unconscionable for Congress to adjourn for recess until after the election without a vote on the Bush-era tax cuts. He said if Republicans don’t succeed in November, he feared “all that is good and great in this country could someday be gone.”

This is Pence’s second visit to Iowa since the 2008 election and is said to be considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Pence won the straw poll at the Value Voters Summit earlier this year, and flirted with the idea Saturday he was testing the waters for a bid for the presidency.

 “There’s an old saying that you never come to Iowa by accident, I get it,” Pence said.

He said his purpose was “to end the [Nancy] Pelosi-controlled Congress once and for all.”

Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa’s 4th District also spoke, along with State Sen. Brad Zaun of Urbandale; Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition; Chuck Laudner of Iowa For Freedom; and Steve Scheffler, a Republican National Committeeman from Iowa and president of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.

The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition is formerly known as the Iowa Christian Alliance, but was absorbed by the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

No Republicans made mention of “A Pledge to America” in their speeches to the crowd of about 500, eating fried chicken dinners.

Like the other speakers, Pence touched on multiple social issues, including abortion, stem cell research and “traditional marriage,” and declared “let’s deny all funding to Planned Parenthood of America,” which received a standing ovation.

Pence defended the idea GOP candidates ought not focus on social issues and discuss the economy, given every poll suggests the economy is the number issue for most voters.

”You would not be able to print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional family would collapse,” Pence said.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) also attended, but did not speak. Several other Republican and independent statewide candidates and elected officials were there as well.