Republicans: Voters to have final Health Care law say
Congressional leaders from the Republican Party said on Sunday that the voters and not the Supreme Court would have the final say on the health care law implemented by President Obama, when the election rolls around in November. Many GOP leaders believe the unpopularity of the health care law will help run Democrats from power.
Mitch McConnell said the last chance to beat Obamacare was in the election in November; he called the legislation the single worst legislation he has seen passed in many years. Jack Lew the chief of staff of the White House countered by saying Americans want the healthcare debate to be put to rest. He said Americans wanted to focus on the country’s economy, on creating new jobs and moving ahead.
Democrats and Republicans have been trading barbs since the Supreme Court’s decision last week that upheld the main mandate of the law that individuals must purchase health insurance or pay a tax. John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the High Court, who is a conservative, provided the deciding vote in the Court’s decision. He ruled the tax or penalty was under the government’s authority to tax individuals.
The decision technically gave Obama a victory, but the ruling by the Court invigorated Republicans who are eager to make the law nothing more than a new tax. Democrats refute characterizing the law as just a tax. The mandate, they say, only impacts about 1% of the entire population, those who are able to pay for health insurance but will not buy it.
Public opposition to the new law remains quite high. Over 47% of respondents to a recent AP poll were opposed to the law, while only 33% were in agreement with it.
Republicans believe the ruling last week gives them new ammunition to attack the President and those Democrats who support him in the November elections.