Republicans claim ObamaCare (Tax) ruling could help push to repeal it
Supreme Court ruled that the so-called individual mandate could be upheld only because it fell within Congress’ authority to tax. However, that is not how the Obama administration originally sold it.
Now that the high court says it is a tax, Republicans say the law will be more unpopular than ever before.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said. “(Americans will) like it even less when they understand it’s a tax.” He cautioned that anyone who subsequently votes in favor of the law in Congress “will do so at their own political peril.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the majority, a “genius.” Graham said the law never would have passed if the mandate penalty were presented as a tax, claiming the ruling will redound to Republicans’ benefit.
Republicans plan to rally voters around presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he vows to make repealing the law his Day One priority if elected. On another track, Republicans in Congress will pick up the repeal push even before November starting with a repeal vote next month in the House.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and several other prominent Republicans said the ruling effectively turns back the clock on the political debate which recently has centered almost exclusively on job creation.
“In many respects, we’re back where we were when I ran for office in 2010,” he said. “This now becomes a central issue again.”
Rubio warned that the law would hurt economic growth, in part by letting the IRS fine — or rather, tax — Americans who don’t buy health insurance.