GOP focuses on health care law repeal in weekly address
March 24th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP focuses on health care law repeal in weekly address

(CNN) – Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court review of the health care reform law that many Republicans call "Obamacare," and a day after the law's two-year anniversary, Sen. Mitch McConnell used the GOP weekly address Saturday to hammer President Barack Obama over the measure.

"The president was certainly right to join a call for health care reform," McConnell, of Kentucky and the Senate minority leader, said. "But the giant bill that he and others rammed through Congress has made things worse."

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He repeated a call for repeal - made by many in the GOP - arguing the law does not fix but rather exacerbates issues with Medicare funding, access to care, and rising costs.

McConnell spoke against the individual mandate provision, which is central to the Supreme Court's consideration of the law. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments for and against the mandate, and on Wednesday, lawyers will argue whether the constitutionality of the mandate provision decides the constitutionality of the entire law.

Obama did not address the health law in his address. Instead, he spoke about energy, which has dominated both parties' addresses in recent weeks.

He stood by his argument that simply an increase in oil drilling is not enough to feed the nation's energy appetite - although drilling, he pointed out, has increased in his administration.

The president said his vision for a clean energy future requires a rebuilding of transportation and communications infrastructure.

"So much of America needs to be rebuilt right now," he said. "We've got crumbling roads and bridges. A power grid that wastes too much energy. An incomplete high-speed broadband network. And we've got thousands of unemployed construction workers who've been looking for a job ever since the housing market collapsed."

But Congress, and particularly the Republican-led House, is slowing progress, Obama said, including on a transportation bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

The president heads this weekend to South Korea for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit, and energy provisions are expected to be considered on Capitol Hill.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Great Photo .
    Republican Gangsters, the same gangsters who fleeced the tax payers for two ten year wars , the same gangsters who;s governing caused the great recession, the same gangsters who thrive on money from special interest .

    Mitch McConnell / Colonel Sanders

    March 24, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jess C

    Can we repeal healthcare for members of Congress, especially when they are such dumb idiots like this current crop? I hate that my tax dollars are going to these already wealthy corporate-loving creeps. I wonder if anyone they love has ever been denied coverage for pre-existing condition? Oh, I guess that wouldn't matter, then can afford to pay cash via their health carrier lobbyists for their costs unlike the rest of us who have to work hard for every dime. Truly, the most useless Congress ever! And as far as rebuilding America....the GOP has proven time and again, they don't care about America.

    March 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. george of the jungle

    The repos change their tune each time they speak, Now it was right to have a health care bill just not this one. Oh brother. The problem with the repo party is they are so intent on getting rid of this president that they have no plateform. The south hates mormons and will stick with rick. All the mormons will vote for mitt. Wealty will vote for mitt to. It doesnt matter what the issues are. They ae so divided among themselves. Their tax plan favors the wealthy and they will not change. No concern for the middle class at all . Just beat this president and business as usual. Not his time guys. You have tossed womens issues aside and health issues and taxes and foreign policy issues for to long. Obama 2012

    March 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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