July 2nd, 2012
10:59 AM ET
2 years ago

Crowley: Voters might be higher power than high court

Washington (CNN) – You can't go higher than the high court. So, the way the White House figures it, health care is the law of the land. Period.

"It's time now to get over the debate and to implement the law," White House chief of staff Jack Lew told me on "State of the Union" on Sunday.

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Filed under: Health care • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans keep talking about "Repeal and Replace" health care reform' Yet they cannot tell you what they would replace it with, not even when directly asked. They will try to tell you that their plan "has been out there, on the table" all without ever telling you what it actually is.

    It's the same way with Mitt Romney's record on jobs creation. No one can ever say what it actually is, only that it is "out there in the public record."

    July 2, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Mgc tampa

    When are people going to get all the republicans care about is tax cuts for the rich and getting blessing from the NRA, they do not care about the middle class and if you take your head out of your ..........you will see it.

    July 2, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. BOb

    Romney says "I will repeal it day one." How can this clown be President if he doesn't even understand the basics of the job. A President can't repeal anything. To quote Mr. Romney one week earlier "We elect a President, not a King."

    July 2, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    "Voters may be higher power than high court", if that's true then why did the Bush vs Gore decision of Florida had to be made by the "High Court". A lot of Americans didn't agree that Bush won, but their decision stood and so will the Justices decision on the healthcare ruling. We all have a right to agree or disagree, that's life, get over it.

    July 2, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. demwit

    A massive tax on the middle class is not unconstitutional..., HURRAY OBAMA!!

    July 2, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. nicholas

    I like american politics

    July 2, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Phil Thomas

    These guys lost the argument and its been 3 years of money wasted on litigation, no one likes a a sore loser and these guys are the biggest sore losers out there. The bill has a lot of logic in it, we don't turn people down at hospitals and we pay for their lack of responsibility greatly. This makes it affordable for people to get coverage and reduce more complicated issues we pay for. its not a tax it just fell under the tax code but we've been paying this for years and your income will not be effected by this, look its time to pay the piper folks womens rights, immigration, abortion all the RNC tv, Fox. right wing radio makes no difference. The RNC has disenfranchised to many women to get away with what they are doing

    July 2, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    A big part of the problem is that you have a news network that blatantly spreads misinformation. I hate to bring this up, but most Americans aren't that bright. When you can be persuaded to vote against your own interest, you're an idiot!!!

    July 2, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Larry

    The voters have always been a higher power than the court – don't like their decisions just vote in candidates that will change the law (we elect the lawmakers). As for overturning the health care law – not going to happen because the voters don't want it overturned. Only the rich want it overturned and their are not enough stupid people to vote with them to get it done – so sorry Republicants. Let's do what every other country with intelligent people has done – vote the conservatives into retirement.

    July 2, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Keeping it Real

    Rudy NYC

    Republicans keep talking about "Repeal and Replace" health care reform' Yet they cannot tell you what they would replace it with, not even when directly asked. They will try to tell you that their plan "has been out there, on the table" all without ever telling you what it actually is.

    >> I don't see a reason to keep Obamacare. Especially with the costs of Obamacare increasing premiums an additional $1600 a person! Sure there are parts of the plan which make sense, but this 2000+ page debacle was never fully reviewed, and you know it. Democrats knew it was bad when they voted on it, and could only hope to "fix" it down the road. Replacing one situation with another bad one, is still bad.

    It's the same way with Mitt Romney's record on jobs creation. No one can ever say what it actually is, only that it is "out there in the public record."

    >> And Obama's plan is? No one can ever say what it actually is, only that it is out there in the public record. Yes, I can use that argument also. The only difference is that Obama's had his chance and not done well. He has a record to run on now, and it's not a good one.

    July 2, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. jim

    Thank you Judge Roberts. Pelosi, Lew, White House says call it what you want ok. I call it a tax the biggest and i will vote you Dems out of office because 68% don't want this and you lied.

    July 2, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. w l jones

    Not so long ago you could seen young NURSE TRAINEE walking so pride going to class what a beauitful sight it were . Look like we will be seen it again because our medical profession is gearing up for it. Never under estimate our Doctors they know what they are durn. Pride Pride our our Health provider.

    July 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    Mgc tampa
    When are people going to get all the republicans care about is tax cuts for the rich and getting blessing from the NRA, they do not care about the middle class and if you take your head out of your ..........you will see it.
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    Your whole class warfare chant here is just a buy-in to the weak Obama/ Biden election strategy of Divide and Conquer.
    You go ahead and be conquered and just try and keep the facts from getting in the way of your liberal battle cry.
    Mitt Romney's platform includes a 20% tax cut for all working Americans. Don't expect anything from Obama except a tax increase for all Americans. Tax and spend is not a good strategy for American success.

    July 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So making deadbeats pay for health insurance so we do not have to pay for uninsured republicans showing up at emergency rooms is a tax on all of us? 85% already have insurance, so the penalty affects only those who do not have insurance. Now the GOP does not want those people to pay their own way. See any discrepancy there, GOP?

    July 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "Especially with the costs of Obamacare increasing premiums an additional $1600 a person!"

    No it's not. That's a blatant and convenient lie. Insurers are sendnig out premium rebates totally over $1.3B this year because of the ACA's requirement that at least 80% of the premiums they take in must be used for actual health care. Large employers are getting back over $500M, small emlpoyers over $400M and self-insured individuals are getting back over $300M. Premiums were going up REGARDLESS and not all of the ACA's cost control provisions have even kicked in yet.

    "And Obama's plan is?"

    Explained in detail on his website.

    Next.

    July 2, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When one elitist party goes after minorities (soon to be majorities) with no constitutional immigration plan, when baggers go after women's constitutional reproductive rights, when pubes want to drastically change social security and medicare, When GOP Plutocrats want to suppress the vote and give big tax breaks to those who do not need it, we have the worst examples of divisiveness.

    July 2, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Mgc tampa- Obama has done more long term damage to the middle class than any administration...ever!

    July 2, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Mitt Romney's platform includes a 20% tax cut for all working Americans"

    And constitutes nothing but a giant ideological daydream. Mittens tax plan was shwon to actually increase taxes on people in the lowest income quintile, and it would virtually erase tax liability completely for insanely wealthy individuals like Mittens whose main source of income is capital gains. Mittens himself would be reducing his own tax liability by about half. It's nothing more than ideological unicorn farts from Deputy Doublethink, who happens to be a unicorn himself, so it was to be expected. Furthermore, his tax nonsense would explode the budget deficits, just like the Bush tax cuts did, and the debt along with it...to the tune of $900B in 2015 and $3T over ten years.

    July 2, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Keep It Real wrote:

    I don't see a reason to keep Obamacare. Especially with the costs of Obamacare increasing premiums an additional $1600 a person!

    And Obama's plan is? No one can ever say what it actually is, only that it is out there in the public record. Yes, I can use that argument also. The only difference is that Obama's had his chance and not done well. He has a record to run on now, and it's not a good one.
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    You are denial of the facts. Pres. Obama had a jobs bill before the Congress since last fall. I don't know where you get your numbers but it doesn't matter. The increases would be higher without the ACA. Remember how Blue Cross in CA tried to raise their annual rates 45%, and were stopped by guess what? The Affordable Care Act.

    July 2, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    So making deadbeats pay for health insurance so we do not have to pay for uninsured republicans showing up at emergency rooms is a tax on all of us? 85% already have insurance, so the penalty affects only those who do not have insurance. Now the GOP does not want those people to pay their own way. See any discrepancy there, GOP?
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    Apparently you missed the fact that Mitt Romney's Health Care plan in Massachusetts had the same requirement but it was defined in the law as a tax and if an individual purchased insurance they were given a tax exemption. For universal health insurance this is one of the ways to make the finance of health care work. And it does.

    July 2, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "A massive tax on the middle class is not unconstitutional..., HURRAY OBAMA!!"

    Funny yo guys could've been maing that argument all along in order to claim Obama was raising taxes, but you didn't becuase if it was a tax, it would be constitutional (just read the SCOTUS decision), and you wanted to argue that it was unconstitutional beacuse that's oh so much more incendiary. Now taht the SCOTUS took a dump on your "it's unconstitutional" temper tantrum, you're just grabbing up the argument yuo previously rejected because it's convenient. It's also self=serving opportunism and dishonest partisanship.

    July 2, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Mikey

    @Four – Middle class families are paying over 20% of their income in federal taxes, while the top 1/10 of 1% are paying near to 15% of their income in taxes (Romney 13.8%) and are pushing for tax code changes that will make the disparity even greater.

    And you whine about "class warfare" any time anyone points out this basic issue of fairness. We ballooned the deficit primarily be reducing taxes, getting into two wars, and spending billions on security, both useful and wasteful. It is the first time in our history that we cut taxes while going to war. This is not "class warfare". It is plain logic, fairness, and common sense. Stop your whining and help find real solutions to our problems. Cutting taxes won't solve our problems. It will make them worse.

    July 2, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do teavangelicals know that Romneycare in MA helps fund abortions. That would be a good reason for the single issue voters to stay home.

    July 2, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. B.

    What do you call a ticket that you get when stopped buy a traffic Cop and you don’t have Car Insurance? A Tax? No, it is a fee. Every responsible driver should have it to Reduce the insurance costs for All. This so-called Tax the Republicans are calling -required healthcare is no different than requiring car insurance buy all that drive.

    July 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    The Romney/Ryan Plan will cost triple what the Affordabe Care Act will cost, folks.

    July 2, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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