Texas attorney general on challenge to Obamacare
Greg Abbott sounds off on 'Huckabee'
- Duration 4:32
- Date Mar 25, 2012
Greg Abbott sounds off on 'Huckabee'
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A Obama's health care -- -- On trial when the Supreme Court begins hearing a lawsuit that was filed by 26 states attorneys general.
They're challenging the individual mandate that's the section of the law the requires Americans to have to purchase health insurance.
The AG say that's unconstitutional.
One of them is -- attorney general Greg Abbott from Texas he's with us now Greg it's great to -- -- I know you share with me.
Vice President Cheney is -- Recovers from heart transplant and we just learned about before the show remarkable man remarkable -- we wish him all the best in his recovery you know there are many public officials.
Who are able to do their jobs and yet do it from a wheelchair you.
Are able to do that.
Tell us about did the did.
Powerful personal journey and then I wanna talk about the health care law.
Well I'm really blessed.
About 25 years ago I was out jogging one day at a big tree fell on me while I was jogging and it crashed down in my back.
Crushing her -- must file a -- me forever -- but.
You know learn something governor that I think it lies within the heart of all Americans and all human beings and that is that we find that.
Allows are not defined by how we're challenged.
But by how we respond to those challenges and -- -- rely.
With faith with family I was able to -- my life back together and run statewide in state the size of Texas.
And it shows it it doesn't matter what your physical challenges are as long as -- truly committed to what you're doing.
And you're committed to god you can do anything well house.
The most popular and effective public officials.
In the state of Texas.
And you're gonna be with your colleagues other attorneys general from around the country at the Supreme Court this week.
What's the biggest issue that you hope the court will pay attention to.
In regards to obamacare first I'm proud of my fellow state AG's.
More than half of the states in this country are suing our country.
Because our country has done something is never done before in the history of the country from the time of George Washington.
Through the time of George Bush never has congress passed a law.
Compelling and forcing all Americans to go out and purchase a product in this instance but using the constitution try to force.
Every one to purchase health care insurance.
Now we all agree that we can do a better job with regard to health care and health insurance.
But however noble the cause congress cannot trample the constitution.
To achieve that noble goal and that's what congress did.
Politically -- know where most Americans stand in the polls overwhelmingly show the people wanted to be repealed but let's talk about the legal realities.
How likely do you think it is -- the Supreme Court will overturn part.
Are all of obamacare when they take this case there's some very solid reasons why the Supreme Court can easily.
Rule that obamacare is unconstitutional and in doing so the court is upholding the decision we got you know what when the state attorneys general filed her lawsuit.
We want in the -- court we went in the Court of Appeals all we need is for the Supreme Court to agree -- that and affirm that and here's why they can do it.
Won the law is unprecedented.
Never before in the history of this country has it been -- law like this the Supreme Court doesn't have to -- -- thing in order to uphold this law.
To the law is and limited in scope.
If this law -- upheld there won't be a dividing line that will limit congress has power going -- in the can make you.
By health care insurance they can make you about water food clothing shelter -- any thing don't get a million is that I don't yeah.
Could -- get an accident it's a successful actress but governor here's the last thing and that is the laws unnecessary.
If congress really want -- to address the problem.
They had a constitutional way of doing it through.
Tax and spend authority not any idea there but they could have done it in another way they chose and and constitutional path.
To achieve a goal that otherwise may have some merit and so I think -- the court has grounds.