Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work!
Republican lawmakers quickly took the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed the law covering national healthcare to survive and turned it into what may become the GOP’s biggest rallying cry heading into the November elections.
“The Supreme Court just woke up a sleeping giant,” said Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., shortly after the high court ruled 5-4 to allow key provisions of the law to stand, including the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the federal government (see “The decision,” by Emily Belz). “The elections just changed. The election just rolled back to 2010 because it was driven by Obamacare. It is back in play.”
While the ruling disappointed Republicans, lobbying groups, and the 26 states that brought their case against it to the Supreme Court, it also gave them court sanction to say what Democrats have long suppressed—that the cost of the plan represents one of the largest tax hikes in history.
Schweikert and other Republicans in Congress stressed that the fight over the healthcare law has returned to where it began—the political arena, where voters may have the final say on the law’s fate. The court in its ruling confirmed that the government has the power to tax and spend, but it also confirmed that voters have the power to respond at the ballot box if they think such measures have become too burdensome or extravagant.
“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today,” said Mitt Romney after the ruling. The GOP presidential challenger, standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, just blocks from the Supreme Court, pledged to repeal the healthcare law on his first day in the White House if elected.
“Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today,” Romney continued. “This is a time of choice for the American people. Our mission is clear: If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we have to replace President Obama.”
The Romney campaign raised $1 million dollars in the three hours immediately following the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a campaign spokesperson’s tweet.
[...] The massive fundraising haul indicates that the court decision could galvanize Republicans, ultimately helping them, in spite of the court not ruling in their favor.
It won’t stop with the 2012 election. We have a lot of work to do to roll back the century of “progressive” encroachments on our liberties that led us to this point. Our freedoms will never be safe until we’ve eliminated the 16th Amendment and every unconstitutional department, agency and program that doesn’t fall under the specific, enumerated powers of the constitution.
But first things first…right now we need a clean sweep of Obama and the Democrats in November!
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com
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