The Republican-led House of Representatives this week voted to once again repeal President Obama’s 2010 health care law in response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Republicans argue that the law unjustly levies new taxes, fees and mandates on individuals and employers. The act, however, is largely symbolic, as the Democrat-controlled Senate will not pass it.
Watch NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan discuss the revolutionary Supreme Court ruling that upheld Obama’s health care bill:
The court’s ruling was a ”huge day for the Constitution and Supreme Court” and a “huge day for American politics,” Conan said.
“Nobody thought he would go with the liberals to go 5-4; it’s just stunning,” Conan said of Republican Chief Justice John Roberts’ determining vote. “He found a way within his precept, I think, to uphold the law and to avoid chaos and put it [the issue of a tax] back where it belongs – in the public domain.”
Watch Conan discuss the Republican and Democratic implications of the Supreme Court decision:
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So what will Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney do with this decision?
“I think Mitt Romney’s going to cringe a little bit with this information,” Conan said. “Although his base is going to be excited, I think they were going to vote for him anyway. Mitt Romney would prefer to talk about the economy and jobs and focus entirely about that. I don’t think he wants to talk about health care.”
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