Following the ruling that the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional without the tax on the individual mandate, four Republican attorneys general appeared on Fox News to praise the decision and call on Congress to find a solution.
Here’s what you missed:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
There’s no doubt in my mind that this was unconstitutional. They built this on a tax, this is what Justice Roberts said, it was built on this tax. Well the tax was removed by the Congress at the end of last year – the tax related to the individual mandate. The individual mandate was held by the five judges to be initially unconstitutional, but Roberts switched over with the four liberals and said that the taxing power of the Congress upholds all of Obamacare. Well now that the penalty was taken out by Congress at the end of last year, in the tax reform bill, the taxing power issue is gone and therefore the individual mandate falls.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill
The attorneys general of the states made a decision based on the rule of law and the constitutionality of this process. Now Congress has to go to work and make sure that we do find ways to constitutionally provide healthcare for all American citizens … In the interim it provides Congress a real opportunity to realize that Obamacare is on life support, to pull together and make a determination of the things that we need to do to provide sufficient healthcare for all Americans including pre-existing conditions…
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
We do care about healthcare and whether it’s Republicans or Democrats, but certainly Republican attorneys general, we absolutely care about Americans’ healthcare and we want it to be affordable. We want Congress to pass a new healthcare law in place of the ACA that is in compliance with our U.S Constitution. That’s essentially all we’re asking is that if you’re going to pass something, make sure it is constitutionally sound. The Affordable Care Act never was constitutionally sound, it was rushed through in a fury several years ago, and it’s time to correct that. It’s time for Congress to take action now to correct that and make sure we have affordable health care to take care of Americans, to take care of those with pre-existing conditions.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
Nothing about this decision prevents Congress or the individual states from passing laws to protect those with pre-existing conditions … The reality is that historically, especially in the last couple of decades, Washington DC has been a place where good ideas go to die … As Justice Brandeis once said, the states are the 50 laboratories of democracy. It happened in the 90s with welfare reform. It’s up to the states to come up with creative and market solutions like healthcare.