The Leader Board
Jul 02 2012
'This is the single worst piece of legislation that has passed certainly in modern times and it will be an issue, a big issue in the fall election. I think the Chief Justice basically said this is up to the American people to decide. We have one last chance here to defeat Obamacare. We can do that in the November election.'
'…we will also be insisting that we have a vote on Obamacare again before the election.'
LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on 'Fox News Sunday' this week to discuss the need to repeal Obamacare and enact common sense reforms that lower costs. The following are excerpts from the interview:
On the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision:
"The President said it was not a tax and the Supreme Court which has the final say said it is a tax. The tax is going to be levied, 77 percent of it will be levied on Americans making less than $120,000 a year. So it's a middle class tax increase. Beyond that, Chris, the core of the bill it is worth reminding people is a half a trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare – that's hospitals, nursing homes, home health care and the like, and a $500 billion tax increase. The Congressional Budget Office said it is also a job killer. It will cost the economy between 800,000 and a million jobs. This is the single worst piece of legislation that has passed certainly in modern times and it will be an issue, a big issue in the fall election. I think the Chief Justice basically said this is up to the American people to decide. We have one last chance here to defeat Obamacare. We can do that in the November election."
On repealing and replacing Obamacare:
"The single best thing we could do for the American health care system is to get rid of Obamacare, get rid of the half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts, get rid of the half a trillion dollars in taxes. In other words, the single biggest step we could take in the direction of improving American health care is to get rid of this monstrosity."
"The first step we need to take is to get rid of what is there."
"Secondly we need to go step by step to replace it with more modest reforms. There will not be a 2,700-page Republican alternative. We will not take a meat axe to the American health care system. We will pull out a scalpel and go step by step and make the kind of more modest changes that will deal with the principal issue which is costs, things like interstate sales of health insurance. Right now you don't have competition around the country in the selling of health insurance. That is a mistake. Things like lawsuit reform, billions and billions of dollars are lost every year by hospitals and doctors in defensive medicine."
On the question of covering pre-existing conditions:
"I don't think anybody thinks that the federal government can take over this whole area, all of the health care for 300 million Americans and make it better. We can't even handle the health care we've already got. That's the kind of thing that ought to be dealt with at the state level. We ought to be encouraging that."
On using the reconciliation process to repeal Obamacare:
"The chief justice said it is it a tax. Taxes are clearly what we call reconcilable. That's the kind of measure that can be pursued with 51 votes in the Senate and if I'm the leader of the majority next year I commit to the American people that the repeal of Obamacare will be job one. By the way, I think we will also be insisting that we have a vote on Obamacare again before the election."
***"The first time it passed the Senate it didn't pass through reconciliation. It got 60 votes. There were 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans. They were able to pass a permanent law. Look, reconciliation is available because the Supreme Court has now declared it a tax. They have unearthed the massive deception that was practiced by the President and the Democrats, constantly denying it was a tax. You heard the Chief-of-Staff continue to try to deny it was a tax just this morning as the Chief Justice has made it clear it is it a tax. And as a tax it is eligible for reconciliation."