Boehner Says GOP ‘Resolved’ To Overturn Health Law; Pelosi Calls Effort ‘Unrealistic’
Leadership from both parties staked out their positions on the health law and the Supreme Court ruling on Sunday talk shows.
CBS News: Boehner Defends Romney's Critique Of Individual Mandate
[House Speaker John Boehner] said the Supreme Court ruling, which defined the mandate as a tax, strengthened his "resolve" to get rid of the law. "All it really does is strengthen my resolve and resolve of Republicans here in Washington to repeal this awful law," Boehner said. Boehner told host Norah O'Donnell that the House is going to vote - which it already has more than two dozen times - to repeal the law. "We'll do it one more time!" he told O'Donnell, "to show people we are resolved to get rid of this" (Caldwell, 7/1)
National Journal: Pelosi Says Republican Attempts to Repeal Health Care Law Unrealistic
Even with a vote to repeal President Obama's health care law set for June 9, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes the fight to uphold the law has come to an end. Asked on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday whether she thought Republican attempts to overturn the law were "unrealistic," she agreed, saying that though there may be room for improvement, the law will stand. "I think that that part of it is over," she said in reference to the repeal debate (Jaffe, 7/1).
CNN: House Leaders Duel Over Health Care Repeal
Boehner argued Republicans were willing to maintain certain provisions in the health law, though he said each would need to be enacted separately. "Republicans believe in a common sense, step-by-step approach to replacing this law," the House speaker said. "And all of those provisions, popular provisions, many of them very sound provisions, can in fact be done in a common sense way. But not in 2,700 pages that no one read" (Liptak, 7/1)
The Hill: McConnell: Healthcare Ruling Clears Way For Senate To Repeal Law
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said the Supreme Court ruling upholding the president’s healthcare reforms cleared the way for the Senate to vote on repealing the law. McConnell said the Supreme Court’s decision to hold the individual mandate as constitutional under Congress’s taxing powers meant senators needed only 51 votes to repeal that particular provision. “Reconciliation is available because the Supreme Court has now declared it a tax,” he said on "Fox News Sunday" (Mali, 7/1)
Politico: Jack Lew: The Individual Mandate Isn't A Tax
Never mind what the Supreme Court said — the White House is doubling down on its insistence that the individual mandate isn’t a tax. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew said the mandate penalty is not a tax and the Supreme Court ruling didn’t make it so. And in any event, he said, very few people will have to pay it (Norman, 7/1).
ABC News: Despite Ruling, Jack Lew Refuses to Call Mandate a Tax
White House chief of staff Jack Lew refused to call the individual mandate for health care a tax, continually referring to it as a “penalty” or “charge,” despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that it should be considered a tax (Stephanopoulos, 7/1).
The Hill: Schumer: Repeal Will Cost GOP In Election
Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday warned Republicans that they would suffer at the polls if they continued to push for a repeal of the president’s healthcare reform bill. “If Republicans make that their number one issue, the repeal of healthcare, they are certainly going to lose the election, in the House and the Senate and the presidency,” said Schumer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” (Mali, 7/1)
Meanwhile, Republican governors consider whether or not to more forward on exchanges and Medicaid expansion -
Politico: GOP Governors Aim For Health Care Showdown
Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell and Rick Perry all responded to the Supreme Court’s decision by saying they’ll keep fighting — even as the White House on Friday made clear its response: Fine, we’ll do it without you. The Republican governors’ message was clear on a morning Republican National Committee conference call, when Jindal and McDonnell stressed their continued defiance of the Affordable Care Act and said they will resist implementing the state-based health insurance exchanges for which the law calls (Epstein, 6/29).
NBC Miami: Gov. Scott Says Fla. Won't Comply with Health Care Law
Florida Gov. Rick Scott now says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program. The announcement is a marked changed after the governor recently said he would follow the law if it were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. "Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we're not going to implement exchanges,'' Scott's spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday. Wright stressed that the governor would work to make sure the law is repealed (Fineout, 7/1).
Washington Post: Health-Care Law’s Impact: How Virginia, Maryland And D.C. Are Faring
“We’ll see,” Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said shortly after the court decision. McDonnell, who has frequently been mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney, indicated that he may be willing to gamble on the results of the November election: “I think there’s a fair bet that if there’s a new president — and I hope there will be — that this policy will not stand” (Tumulty and Vozzella, 6/29)