Some in the GOP are floating the idea of not repealing Obamacare and just fixing it, but there is a strong, vocal opposition.
The GOP kicked Obamacare to the Supreme Court and they have upheld the law despite all reason to the contrary. The GOP have passed endless bills to repeal Obamacare knowing they had no chance of passing and when they had a chance to defund it, they wouldn’t do it. Now some want to “move on.”
Those who won’t fight against this badly written bill with more than 10,000 pages of onerous rules and regulations, won’t fight for anything.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), said the law is here to stay until at least 2017, when the GOP hopes a GOP president will finally kill it.
Sen. Ted Cruz said we should use every tool at our disposal to repeal it but Sen. John Cornyn said it’s a bad idea, “We’ve tried that before, and it didn’t work very well.”
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), pictured below, says it’s time to focus on fixing aspects of the existing law, rather than continuing a fruitless repeal effort.
“We’re going to have to go back to the drawing board, figure out if there is an alternative at this point,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Thursday. “Perhaps it’s time to move on from this particular topic.”
Obama will veto any bill they try to put through and they aren’t going to defund the bill and risk a shutdown.
Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers (photo below) said fellow GOP lawmakers should continue to press their case to keep the issue at the top-tier in 2016. But he said Republicans should work now with Democrats on reforms that can win support from both parties.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), (photo below), who is up for reelection in 2016 but could be vulnerable in a primary, said in an interview that she believes the priority should be to make piecemeal fixes.
The latest Politico article on the issue notes that even if the GOP wins the presidential election, they will have a hard time repealing the law. The Senate will be divided and the people who have become dependent on the free healthcare won’t give it up.
Cruz lashed out against the SCOTUS ruling today. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Texas Republican and 2016 GOP presidential candidate said that if the “justices want to become legislators, I invite them to resign and run for office. He called them ‘rogue justices’ who have become Barack Obama’s foot soldiers.
Rand Paul said “It appears there’s at least six people on the Supreme Court who think it’s their job to fix Obamacare. We need Supreme Court justices … that apply the law, not redefine the law in the way they want.”
Marco Rubio told CNN, “I disagree with the court’s ruling and believe they have once again erred in trying to correct the mistakes made by President Obama and Congress in forcing Obamacare on the American people.”
“Despite the court’s decision, Obamacare is still a bad law that is having a negative impact on our country and on millions of Americans,” Rubio continued. “I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it with my consumer-centered plan that puts patients and families back in control of their health care decisions. We need Consumer Care, not Obamacare.”
Mike Huckabee said the ruling is an ‘out-of-control’ act of ‘judicial tyranny.’
The ruling was tyrannical. The court twisted the meaning of the word “State” to mean any government, even the Federal government. It’s worse than that. Justice Scalia put it succinctly, “The cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
That should fire up the GOP and we should see them all fighting, not moving on.
House Speaker John Boehner did offer some weakly-stated hope. He said Republicans will “continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families.”