Ruling Awakens ‘Revolutionary Fervor’

By Art Moore | June 28, 2012 | WND

Obamacare decision will ‘sweep’ Obama, Democrats from power

Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas

In the wake of today’s historic Supreme Court ruling upholding the key provision in President Obama’s health care act, opponents are spending little time lamenting their loss, vowing to repeal the massive law and help channel a “revolutionary fervor” among voters that will sweep Democrats from office in November.

The head of the Republican Attorney’s General Association declared “the battle isn’t over,” and a veteran conservative activist says that if America thought tea party anger over Obamacare was reflected in the 2010 polls, wait until this fall.

“The 2010 Tea Party wave election was all about the average American’s anger over the individual mandate and the oppressive big government that it represents,” explained Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of

“The Supreme Court’s narrow decision upholding the individual mandate has raised that anger to a revolutionary fervor that will sweep President Obama and many other Democrats from office,” he asserted.

Viguerie said Democrats “have now been put in the position of doubling down on the Big Brother mandates and oppressive big government policies that led to their historic defeat in the 2010 congressional elections.”

“The more Democrats defend the individual mandate, the more seats in Congress Democrats will lose,” he said.

Viguerie said it’s worth noting that Obama and the Democrats lost today on the heart of the mandate, the argument that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause could force Americans to buy health insurance.

“But the mandate was upheld on the issue the Democrats were trying to hide: It is a massive tax increase on the American people,” he said.

Viguerie vowed the 63 seats Democrats lost in the House in 2010 “are just the beginning.”

Michael A. Needham, CEO of the nonprofit Heritage Action for America, said in a letter to supporters that the nation’s “system of checks and balances ensures the Supreme Court’s misguided decision will not be the final word on President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare.”

“We still oppose Obamacare,” he wrote, “and conservatives are still united around fully repealing President Obama’s government takeover of our health care system. Today’s decision is not the end of the fight, it is the beginning!”

Rescuing America from ‘disastrous future’

Scott Pruitt, chairman of the Republican Attorney’s General Association, said it’s “now up to the political process to repeal the act and replace it with measures that address the health care crisis within the confines of the Constitution.”

“We must continue to oppose this act and multiple overreaching regulations proposed by the Obama administration that cross the line of federal power,” he said.

Pruitt said that in November, the American people will have the opportunity to “save the country from a disastrous future of similar intrusive policies and budget-busting costs by choosing their leaders wisely.”

He promised Republican attorneys general “will continue to serve as a firewall, taking every action to defend our states against this massive overreach from the federal government.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the Republican-controlled House will schedule a vote to repeal the health care law after the July 4 recess.

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia
House Majority Leader

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said the president’s health care law is hurting the economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire.

“Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety,” he said. “What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.”

Outside the Supreme Court building after the decision, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, got behind a microphone to declare the ruling exposes the president as a liar.

The congressman noted that Obama had insisted before the ruling that the mandate was not a tax.

“The Supreme Court has made clear that when the president says something, you need to understand that he may be lying,” he said.

The congressman said the ruling shows Obama will do whatever is necessary to get a bill passed.

‘Cleaning up the mess’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said that after Obama and the Democrats “shoved a disastrous health care bill down the throats of the American people creating an even bigger mess of our health care system,” the Supreme Court “has spoken and left the job of cleaning up that mess to the Congress.”

“It’s now time for the American people to speak out and reject the job killing, massive tax increasing, government takeover of health care that is Obamacare by electing a president and representatives willing to fully repeal and replace this monstrosity,” Rohrabacher said.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney saw the court’s ruling as a further clarification of the choice Americans will make at the ballot box in November.

Gov. Mitt Romney

“You can choose whether you want to have a larger and larger government, more and more intrusive in your life, separating you and your doctor, whether you’re comfortable with more deficits, higher debt that we will pass onto the coming generations,” Romney said. “[Or] whether you’re willing to have the government put in place a plan that potentially causes you to lose the insurance that you like or whether instead you want to return to a time when the American people will have their own choice in health care, where consumers will be able to make share choices as to what kind of health insurance they want.”

Romney said that if Americans “want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama.”

He emphasized that while the court ruled Obamacare doesn’t violate the Constitution, it did not say that Obamacare “is good law or that it’s good policy.”

“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today,” he said.

Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign re-election manager, chided Romney for missing “the opportunity to rise to the occasion today and tell the American people specifically how he would move the nation forward on health care and ensure people get the care they need.”

“Instead of explaining how he would ensure costs don’t go up and health benefits are protected, Romney promised to repeal the president’s health reform law and take America back to the same old political battles of the past,” he said.

Messina claimed Romney’s promise to repeal the law would give insurance companies “free rein to exploit Americans through the worst industry abuses, strip 86 million Americans of often life-saving preventive care, cost 3.1 million young Americans of their coverage by kicking them off their parents’ plans, allow insurance companies to discriminate against kids with preexisting conditions, and increase prescription drug costs for seniors on Medicare.”

‘Recipe for tyranny’

Responding to today’s ruling, Peter J. Thomas, chairman of the Conservative Caucus, said a “living Constitution” is “the recipe for tyranny.”

“This election will be a referendum on Obamacare, and Americans must pressure both the House and Senate to fully repeal Obamacare, pass true conservative, market reforms and not seek compromises and deals with liberals,” said Thomas, who criticized Chief Justice Roberts for siding with the left.

Thomas proposed a number of reforms, including a universal tax credit or voucher enabling all Americans to buy a solid health insurance package; tort reform; individual health savings accounts; and a national market in which individuals can buy from any insurance company.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, meanwhile, hailed the decision as “a victory for millions of people – including LGBT people and our families – who don’t have access to adequate, affordable health care.”

“This ruling is fair and humane, but it also reminds us of the work that remains to be done,” the group said. “People of color and economically impoverished people are disproportionately affected by health inequities.”

The group also contended “LGBT people” suffer from “higher rates of health disparities.” It wants the Department of Health and Human Services to “use its authority to make inroads in areas such as data collection and research on LGBT health disparities.”

“We celebrate today, but also pledge to keep pressing forward,” the group said.

The task force noted that beginning in 2014, insurance companies won’t be able to deny health care coverage because of a pre-existing condition, “which will ensure people with HIV or who have received gender transition-related care will still be able to get the health care coverage they need.”

Opting out of Obamacare

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said he strongly disagrees with the decision but was not surprised.

“The court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress,” he said.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas

“Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate,’” he said. “The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse.”

Paul said the “fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force.”

“In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of ‘Obamacare’ without paying a government tribute.”

Paul, a licensed physician, said Obamacare “can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs and reduce the quality of care.”

“Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens,” he said. “Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”

Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told WND, “Just because you can tax doesn’t mean you can have any tax to do any purpose.”

He said the ruling will create a resurgence in the tea-party movement that will carry on through the November elections.

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., called it “the most historic decision by our nation’s highest court in over a generation.”

“The ruling lays the groundwork for the federal government to seize even more power over our lives,” he said. “This is a dramatic expansion of congressional and government authority.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and a current member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today, the president’s law is still bad policy and must be fully repealed.

He pointed to the law’s $2.6 trillion price tag when it’s fully implemented over a 10 year period and the more than $500 billion increase in taxes that will be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for patients, lower wages for employees and fewer jobs in the economy, citing the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

He also cited the National Health Expenditure Projections prediction of an 8 percent increase in premiums largely fueled by Obamacare’s collective mandates.

Rep. Bob Turner, R-N.Y., noted “several more taxes and burdensome regulations on small businesses are set to go into effect in the next two years” as a result of Obamacare.

“Congress must now rededicate itself to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with commonsense proposals that will lower health care costs for all Americans,” he said.

Turner said that while today’s ruling is complicated and will take time to fully understand, it’s clear “this decision has made the law’s implementation more complicated and difficult for states, small business and families.”

“This is not what we need in these trying economic times,” he said.

Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., who is also the former attorney general of the Golden State, told WND Chief Justice Roberts was “stretching” to find the plan constitutional.  In the process, the congressman said Roberts gave Congress much greater power through taxation.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called today “a dark day for liberty” in a radio interview with WND.  But he also said it is very significant that the court found the mandate unconstitutional on grounds of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause.  He called those rulings the greatest judicial constraint of federal power since the New Deal in the 1930s.

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