The desire to advance conservative values in Washington is supposedly pumping through every Republican’s veins. Hence, one would think that every conservative would be ready to support the legislation that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sponsored which would have put an end to the travesty that is Obamacare. However, three Republican senators decided that it was simply not worth upsetting the president over. One of those senators is our own Bob Corker (R?). Meanwhile, here in Tennessee, one of the many states where Obamacare is failing miserably, insurance premiums have skyrocketed north of 60 percent for many Tennesseans since Obamacare has become law. In fact, my rate has increased by 360 percent.
What many Tennessee Republicans are having a hard time understanding is why Corker has stated on numerous occasions that he supports the idea of repealing Obamacare, yet he simultaneously refuses to support legislation to do just that. Could it be that instead of siding with the State of Tennessee’s interests, he is instead choosing to side with President Obama’s? Could it be that Corker could care less about the unemployed and the poor Tennesseans who cannot afford President Obama’s policies? Maybe he just doesn’t have the time to respond to his constituent’s concerns. After all, he is mighty busy bailing out the private banks that pay for his campaigns with our tax dollars. Unless of course, Corker is simply pandering to a conservative base that he actually couldn’t care less about.
Approximately a year ago, in early 2014, Corker stated, “Today’s CBO report gives a sobering outlook on our economy. It confirms what we’ve known all along: The healthcare law is having a tremendously negative impact on economic growth.” Unfortunately, Corker talks a conservative game, but refuses to vote for legislation to help our struggling citizens when it actually matters.
Even left-leaning Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who barely survived a Republican primary attack from the right, decided to co-sponsor Cruz’s repeal of Obamacare. However, not only did Corker refuse to support this repeal this year- he also refused to do it last year. This pattern shows us solidly where he stands.
As a result, the citizens of Tennessee must continue to pay higher insurance premiums due to the lack of Corker’s resolve regarding Obamacare.
Corker’s constituents are clearly suffering while he has twice turned a blind eye to this vital matter. If he is so unhappy with Obamacare specifically, and the President in general, then it is past time to stop supporting bills and laws that have such a negative impact on the State he supposedly represents.
When reviewing voting records, it is clear that Corker votes with President Obama more than he does with Republicans, so perhaps it’s really not that shocking at all that we Tennesseans are left without a true conservative voice in Washington.