Saturday, June 30, 2012

Report from Sen. Mike Lee's blogger conference call on ObamaCare

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
"Although this is a victory for the individual mandate, it's a victory that I hope will proved to be both hollow and somewhat short-lived."

That's what Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) had to say about Thursday's US Supreme Court ObamaCare decision in his blogger conference call yesterday.

The court, as we now all know, ruled the individual mandate portion of ObamaCare was a tax and therefore, constitutional.

"The individual mandate was already widely unpopular ever before this court's ruling," Lee said, adding, "According to one recent poll, about 75 percent of the American people dislike the individual mandate."

"And to put it mildly," he continued, "I don't think that the individual mandate's new status as a tax is going to enhance the appetite of the American people for its implementation."

The silver lining in Thursday's decision was the Medicaid expansion portion of ObamaCare "unconstitutionally coerced the states" into expanding their Medicaid roles by threatening them with losing all of their federal funding for that program.

What is next for conservatives? "We're going to win elections for federal office--House, Senate and the White House this November. And this ruling yesterday will, I think, give us added momentum and energy that we need in order to accomplish that victory."

It will be an interesting autumn, that is for sure.

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