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Lew: GOP should drop opposition to healthcare law, says itís time to Ďmove oní
The Hill ^ | July 1, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali and Amie Parnes

Posted on 07/01/2012 3:35:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew touted the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the president’s healthcare reform bill Sunday and warned Republicans to “move on” and drop efforts to undo the legislation.

“I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again,” said Lew about GOP efforts to repeal the health bill on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think they want to be pulled back into decades of debate to get to where we are. We now have a law, the law is constitutional, we should implement it.”

The high court on Thursday dealt a blow to Republicans by upholding the much of the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 ruling. Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have vowed though to continue efforts to undo the law.

The House is expected to vote on July 11 after returning from recess on repealing the law. Past repeal votes though have failed to garner support in the Democratic-led Senate.

Lew on Sunday said the administration was open to improving the healthcare law, but that efforts at full repeal were a waste of time.

“The president has said on many occasions that he wants to work across party lines and there are things that can be done to improve the law,” he said. “Those are the conversations we should be having and we need to move on and deal with the economy and jobs. We need to put our efforts on creating opportunities for Americans to be employed.”

Both sides are hopeful the court decision will help rally their supporters ahead of a tough November general election. Obama campaign officials are pushing Democrats to tout the healthcare bill as an example of the administration’s efforts to aid middle and working class families. Republicans, however, are seeking to use the court’s decision upholding the individual mandate under Congress’s taxing powers to paint the provision as a tax hike on families.

Lew on Sunday pushed back on GOP claims that the health bill’s individual mandate is a tax and said the overwhelming majority of Americans would be able to easily comply with the provision.

“The only thing in this bill that puts a burden on individuals to pay more is a penalty for those who can afford insurance and chose not to buy it. And to be clear that’s one percent of the population. In Massachusetts where this was tested in the plan that Gov. Romney put into place, one percent of the population ended up paying the penalty,” Lew said.

“For the other 99 percent what it means is security. They and their family get coverage, it means benefits that they get will offer better coverage and it means they don’t have to worry that if somebody gets sick they’re going to lose their health insurance,” he added.

Lew said that the court’s decision did not characterize the mandate as a tax. “What the Supreme Court said was this was constitutional. It didn’t matter what Congress called it.”

“Technically, what they said was the Congress has many powers, there’s a Commerce Clause, there’s taxing powers and it was constitutional,” he added.

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” as on the other Sunday shows, Lew continued to insist that the law was not a tax.

"What is in the law is a penalty," Lew said. "For Americans who buy health insurance, who can't afford it and get it through a government program, there is no penalty. That covers 99 percent of the American people.”

When Lew was pushed to define the law as a tax, he replied, "The court found it constitutional... Frankly, what you call it is not the issue."

"We call it fair," Lew said after host George Stephanopoulos tried to get him to acknowledge that the court defined it as a tax.

On ABC, Lew also hammered home his point that the mandate's penalties would affect very few, only one percent he said.

"Let's be clear about who that one percent is, those are people who can afford health insurance, choose not to buy it and then when they get sick, they go to the hospital and the cost gets spread amongst all the people who are paying for insurance," said Lew.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; moveon; obama; obamacare; romney; zerocare
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1 posted on 07/01/2012 3:35:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lew can go piss up a rope!


2 posted on 07/01/2012 3:37:10 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Shove it up your smelly Obama, Lew.


3 posted on 07/01/2012 3:37:27 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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November 6th cannot come soon enough.
4 posted on 07/01/2012 3:38:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He needs to stop thwarting the investigation into the deaths of BP agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata- its time to move on.


5 posted on 07/01/2012 3:41:12 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Let’s be clear about who that one percent is, those are people who can afford health insurance”


What would the left be if it were not for the 1%? Panhandlers?


6 posted on 07/01/2012 3:42:39 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again"

English Translation: "Obama cannot possibly win on his record, so we don't want this election to be about anything that Obama has done as President. We want to talk about Romney's dog and how he was a bully in high school instead."

7 posted on 07/01/2012 3:42:39 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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Oh yeah, just like they stop and roll over when gay marriage is shot down in states?


8 posted on 07/01/2012 3:43:13 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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“I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again”


This coming from the people who keep pushing Healthcare and Gay Mariage on us.


9 posted on 07/01/2012 3:45:06 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

We should be talking about how Willard is likely to nominate more John Roberts to SCOTUS.


10 posted on 07/01/2012 3:45:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Roberts and Romney are likely two peas in a pod.


11 posted on 07/01/2012 3:46:37 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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“I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again,” said Lew...

The was NEVER a debate! Nancy said we had to pass the bill to tell us what's in it. 2100 pages of crap nobody even read written by a bunch of leftist special interest groups.

12 posted on 07/01/2012 3:48:29 PM PDT by Clock King
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You always know when the left is scared when they tell people to “Move on” They are scared because the more people know Obamacare is a giant TAX the more they won’t like the damn thing


13 posted on 07/01/2012 3:50:45 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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“We should be talking about how Willard is likely to nominate more John Roberts to SCOTUS.”

Why?

To generate infighting and make it easier for Obamugabe to get reelected?


14 posted on 07/01/2012 3:50:56 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans and Democrats ARE moving on. They are moving to repeal ObamaCare.


15 posted on 07/01/2012 3:52:58 PM PDT by RC2 (Buy American and support the Wounded Warrior Project whenever possible.)
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To: Clock King

The was NEVER a debate! Nancy said we had to pass the bill to tell us what’s in it. 2100 pages of crap nobody even read written by a bunch of leftist special interest groups.

LOL no one has found the part that makes “Obama President For Life” yet LOL


16 posted on 07/01/2012 3:53:38 PM PDT by molson209
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A cautionary note:

Freebies never and I repeat, NEVER, get repealed.


17 posted on 07/01/2012 3:55:03 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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18 posted on 07/01/2012 3:56:43 PM PDT by Bratch
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Move on ? This obvious monstrosity of a bill, that was not even read before being voting on, has just nullified the entire US Supreme Court with a lawless tortured majority opinion that looks like it was written by Charles Manson. There is now no where to move onto from here.
19 posted on 07/01/2012 3:58:40 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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“I don’t think the American people want to have this debate again,” said Lew about GOP efforts to repeal the health bill on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think they want to be pulled back into decades of debate to get to where we are. We now have a law, the law is constitutional, we should implement it.”

Lets just get it implemented and get the sucker in play and THEN worry about the details.

THAT'S what the people want!

20 posted on 07/01/2012 3:59:15 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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