Senator Jim DeMint says a Florida judge’s ruling that the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform Law is unconstitutional is a step forward for the GOP.
We don’t need to count it dead yet, but we have certainly got it beaten down. First of all, we need to get everyone on record. The judge’s decision in Florida is a huge help to put a question mark in every Democrat’s mind that they may have over-reached our constitutional authority.
Though the U.S. Senate narrowly defeated an effort to repeal the health care law, DeMint says it’s not over.
We start the process of making sure there is no funding available to implement it over the next couple of years, and if no Democrats come around in the next couple of years we’ll replace a lot of them in the next election, then we’ll have that final vote.
DeMint says there is another way to repeal the law.
The quickest way to kill it is through the courts. I imagine it will take a while to work up to the Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court knows that it is an urgent issue and now for it to be implemented, I think the Supreme Court is going to have to decide because I think a number of states now have the legal authority not to implement it because a federal judge has said it was unconstitutional.
DeMint says, at this point, the GOP members opposing the Obama Administration’s plan don’t have a whole lot to lose.
It’s going to be real hard to get the 60 votes in the Senate, even if we have a Republican president to repeal this thing. And, the challenge here is if the Supreme Court upholds the bill as it is, there are effectively no limits to what the federal government can do because if it can make you buy health insurance, it can make you buy sunscreen, it can make you buy anything.
DeMint’s fellow GOP senator, Lindsey Graham, also opposes the law and has proposed a bill that would allow states to opt out of the law. Graham says the law would be too expensive for some states to put into place because it increases the number of people eligible for Medicaid.