Skip to comments.Lew: GOP should drop opposition to healthcare law, says itís time to Ďmove oní
Posted on 07/01/2012 3:35:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew touted the Supreme Courts ruling upholding the presidents healthcare reform bill Sunday and warned Republicans to move on and drop efforts to undo the legislation.
I dont 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 dont 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 administrations efforts to aid middle and working class families. Republicans, however, are seeking to use the courts decision upholding the individual mandate under Congresss taxing powers to paint the provision as a tax hike on families.
Lew on Sunday pushed back on GOP claims that the health bills 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 thats 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 dont have to worry that if somebody gets sick theyre going to lose their health insurance, he added.
Lew said that the courts decision did not characterize the mandate as a tax. What the Supreme Court said was this was constitutional. It didnt matter what Congress called it.
Technically, what they said was the Congress has many powers, theres a Commerce Clause, theres taxing powers and it was constitutional, he added.
During an appearance on ABCs 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.
Lew can go piss up a rope!
Shove it up your smelly Obama, Lew.
He needs to stop thwarting the investigation into the deaths of BP agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata- its time to move on.
“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?
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."
Oh yeah, just like they stop and roll over when gay marriage is shot down in states?
“I dont think the American people want to have this debate again”
This coming from the people who keep pushing Healthcare and Gay Mariage on us.
We should be talking about how Willard is likely to nominate more John Roberts to SCOTUS.
Roberts and Romney are likely two peas in a pod.
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.
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
“We should be talking about how Willard is likely to nominate more John Roberts to SCOTUS.”
To generate infighting and make it easier for Obamugabe to get reelected?
Republicans and Democrats ARE moving on. They are moving to repeal ObamaCare.
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
A cautionary note:
Freebies never and I repeat, NEVER, get repealed.
Lets just get it implemented and get the sucker in play and THEN worry about the details.
THAT'S what the people want!
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