Republicans launch blitz against health care law
June 29th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Republicans launch blitz against health care law

Washington (CNN) - Republicans launched a blistering attack Friday on the health care reform law upheld by the Supreme Court, seeking to rally their base's opposition to the measure to bolster their fortunes in the November election.

Using the court's finding that the centerpiece of the law - the individual mandate - amounted to a legal exercise of congressional taxing power, GOP leaders accused President Barack Obama and Democrats of deceiving the nation about the Affordable Care Act during debate on the measure in 2009 and 2010.


Filed under: GOP • Health care • Mitt Romney
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So they are launching a blitz against 30,000,000 people now being able to get health care. And during an election year, too!

    June 29, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    These crazy right wongnuts have already spent $750 million to discredit the ACA over the last two years. God, what a sorry bunch of losers they are. I did not get my way, recall the supreme court, says the plutocrats.

    June 29, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Gonna wait until November to turn the economy around? Straight from Bachmans mouth. When you have the power now to get job bills approved?
    That is priceless. The GOP of Congress get ready to lose your re-election bids. You think you are holding up the President but instead you are screwing the American People.

    June 29, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Dean

    I'm not sure if there's anything Obama hasn't lied about. There's a revolution coming...the 2010 mid-term was just the tip of the iceberg.

    June 29, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. B

    What happened to the GOP'S blitz for jobs?

    June 29, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Cal

    We always said Obama was a tax and spend liberal and that is exactly what has happened. Obamacare will be the largest regressive tax in history along with his excitemnet for letting Bush tax cuts expire in about 6 months. He has done nothing but spend $$ as debt has soared but now he has also solidified his legacy with taxes.

    June 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. JASON

    Republicans true colors are shining through! Insteas of moving forward, we just keep moving back and staying in idle because they just can't stand the fact that Obama got over on them. They are holding America hostage. #SAD

    June 29, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Anne R

    Boo Hoo Rebubs. Go crawl under your gold rocks! My husband and I will be able to have health insurance.
    Blessing to the POTUS!

    June 29, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For two years Fox foreign owned media has marched out Palin with her death panels, government takeover nonsense, and big insurance has funded lies. It is time for the GOP and right wingnuts to move into the 21st century.

    June 29, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    The ironic part of yesterday's SCOTUS folly is that John Roberts pretty much guaranteed that Mitt Romney will be elected in November. The ACA and all of it's problems from the partisan way it was slapped together and thrust upon the US is not very popular with Independents. They know how to get it replaced with something that works better, improves the quality of care and reduces medical costs instead of drastically increasing them. Romney 2012 and as many Republican Senators as we can elect!

    June 29, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Romneycare = Tax = End of story

    Difference between November and Midterm is that Obama is running against the father of Romneycare tax.

    June 29, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. MTATL67

    "Blistering" – Give me a break. How can that be when numerous members of Congress are already taking advantage of the ACA.

    June 29, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. ja

    the gop need to replace their flag and cross lapel pins with pitch forks

    June 29, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Chris Alexander

    Roberts's characterization of the individual mandate as a tax was intended to provide campaign ammo for the GOP. Everything Roberts does and says is entirely partisan. He is a disgrace to the Court, but in that he follows a "conservative" tradition that goes back to the mid nineteenth century. The bad news for their side is that the anti-tax zealots numbers have peaked, there is no room to grow. I;m sticking to my original prediction that Romney's campaign will flame out by mid-August.

    June 29, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Angel

    The repeal Obamacare Movement has failed. Republicans need to let it go, let it rest and move on to jobs. Move foward.

    Obama 2012.

    June 29, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Better have a rock solid replace plan in place before you try to take away the benefits......

    June 29, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. rs

    The Republicans have such an interesting view of reality. "Elect me and I'll take away your healthcare" is certainly a winning slogan. They are forcing their candidate, Mr. Romney to deny the one success he had as Governor of Mass. They are forcing themselves to attack their own health care innitiative that has been around since the Clinton years.
    They would be far smarter to embrace the ACA, show their contributions in it and move forward. I think what they fail to see is Americans DON'T LIKE GOING BACKWARDS. Undoing Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Women's Rights, and now the ACA is not an attractive option.

    June 29, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Mgc tampa

    What a surprise! I am shocked, shocked I tell you !!!

    June 29, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Are you kidding me?

    Time to get over it. My goodness can they waste any more time crying about it? Time for the GOP to grow up and face facts.

    June 29, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. anotherGDlefty

    Launched a blistering attack on the plan they invented which was actually successfully implemented by their current candidate when he was governor of MA?
    Before he / they were against it.

    Oh yeah, that'll work...

    Obama 2012
    Warren 2016

    June 29, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    One reason I support Obama care , Now republicans can get help for pre existing condition

    June 29, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    While the libs are expressing a lot of "atta boy's" to Justice Roberts for his joining with the liberal justices and supporting Obamacare, he's being scratched off of every Conservative's Christmas Card list. Odds are that his decision has just solidified the entire Conservative population behind Mitt Romney even though he's not their first choice.

    June 29, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Indy

    It's more of a "Lie" then a "Blitz" Every country in the world that has brought universal health care into their countries went through the same thing where one side shouts and cries about how it will be the worst thing to ever happen and will bankrupt the country but try finding a country that would go back to the cave days of having insurance companies running the health care system.Several countries made villans out of the people that brought universal healthcare to law, and now those villans are heros. Once it all settles and people look for the truth they will find out there is no better solution to Romneycare/Obamacare and the entire country has to buy into the system for the system to work. It is shameful that it took this long to get done,but it is done and will never be repealed successfully so it is time to dig in and get the truth through proper research venues and relax and enjoy, and yes it is going to cost lots of money to get it rolling but the alternative is not acceptable in any industrialized country.

    June 29, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Wake up people

    This is the biggest, whiniest group of sore losers that I have ever seen in my life. Everything they are complaining about they have done themselves. For months they have been salivating over the fact that the SCOTUS was going to strike down the ACA. They even had the mendacity to complain about President Obama stating he thought the SCOTUS would not strike it down.

    The GOP/baggers have no one to blame but themselves. Instead of working WITH the President to move this country forward, they did everything in their power to obstruct everything he attempted. But they are the failures, not him. He still managed to move us forward even with all the obstruction, granted not as fast as we would have liked, but still forward. I think the 2008 election started showing the GOP for what they really are and this election is really showing it. They have acted like traitors since Jan. 2009 and nothing has changed.

    We love you President Obama, God bless you and your beautiful family. You are truly ONE OF A KIND.

    OBAMA 2012! Send the GOP/baggers packing!

    June 29, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP wants so Obama will deliver that
    Obama will happy to prove that He copied Romney care

    June 29, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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