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"We're going to vote for a full repeal (in the
"I'm really disappointed in the ruling," Gibbs said. "They kind of punted. The mandate is unconstitutional (through the commerce clause), but
"It needs to be repealed."
Gibbs said he has voted 30 times to either repeal the entire law or parts of it. He said the law adds costs to employers, especially small businesses, and it is making it harder for them to expand and hire.
"It did nothing to address the escalating cost of health care," Gibbs said. "It's not good for the economy, and it's not good for freedom. It's an expansion of big government."
"The decision of the
Former U.S. Rep.
Boccieri said he had a hard time seeing a conservative court overturn a conservative idea, a reference to the concept of an individual mandate appearing in a
"The drama of (Thursday) had more to do with politics than legal perspective," Boccieri said. He read the law and thought the legal arguments supporting it were pretty strong.
It's strange that the president would sell it politically as not being a tax -- the law references the commerce clause and not the taxing authority -- and then told his solicitor to argue it was tax, Obhof said.
"It's cause for concern," Obhof said. "In more than 200 years, the federal government never forced an individual to buy any product or service. I think it is a significant overreach."