GOP: Voters will have final say on health care law!
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican congressional leaders said Sunday that voters — not the Supreme Court — will have the final word on President Barack Obama's health care law come November. And they are betting that the law's unpopularity will be enough to drive Democrats from power.
The White House's response? Bring it on.
"We've got one last chance here to beat Obamacare, and we can do that in the November election," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling the law the "single worst piece of legislation" passed in modern times.
White House chief of staff Jack Lew countered that he believes most Americans want to put the health care debate to rest.
"I actually think the American people want us to focus on the economy, on creating jobs and moving forward," said Lew.
Republicans and Democrats have been wrangling for the upper hand in the health care debate since last week's Supreme Court ruling upholding the law's mandate that individuals buy health insurance
or face a penalty. Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, provided
the pivotal vote in that decision by ruling that the penalty was legal
under the government's taxing authority.
technically handing a political victory to Obama, Roberts' ruling
invigorated Republicans eager to cast the law as a new tax.
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