Democrats React to High Court Ruling
Chris Stirewalt and Rep. Robert Andrews discuss Democratic reaction to the Supreme Court ruling.
- Duration 10:03
- Date Jun 28, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and Rep. Robert Andrews discuss Democratic reaction to the Supreme Court ruling.
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Idea that the Republicans had to bring this contempt of congress against it an attorney general first time in history.
That it contempt of congress.
Has been brought against to have a cabinet officer.
-- -- The Republicans -- contemptible and what they're doing today.
That was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and she doesn't like the Republicans very much today that was of course before she got the good news that the health law which she made possible.
Which would have never ever ever existed in the United States.
It -- people -- he had not grabbed a hold.
The Democratic Caucus in the house and pushed it through when they were.
Foundering in the senate.
So -- big wind day for her and this is power play.
And I promise we are gonna talk about -- older content stuff but there's so much -- -- and there's so much -- and off.
As it relates to the supreme -- healthcare decision you know our panel -- behind Jean David Mercer red blue nice guys both.
But now let -- talk to congressman Robert Andrews.
From the great state of New Jersey.
This dude who is they can share in this victory today with the former speaker congratulations congressman.
Thank you -- I really think it's a victory for any politicians I think it's a victory for.
People who camped in private health insurance that they had asthma -- breast cancer -- a victory for.
Seniors getting help to pay for their prescription drugs to victory for small businesses would like health care any more affordable.
As if politicians really shouldn't spike the ball in the end zone here we should get back to work putting the American people back to work and that's what I'd like to -- OK I won't work we're all poor people getting back to work.
The fix is on its not us being the big question congressman from.
From -- practical political viewpoint is as we've been discussing here in -- talking to some of your colleagues today is that wow and I know you're not bullfighting.
But while this is -- -- good news.
It in the short term for the president and for those who believed in this legislation yourself.
Is there -- concern about as congressman reichert told us earlier.
Reawakening a Tea Party sentiment in this country that emerged in the legislation.
First -- I don't really know I'm not a very good political prognosticator I'll tell you this though pay some money here at home.
My constituents are asked me about jobs the cost of education in their home values and and I think anybody that tries to re litigate.
The health care issue in the campaign is making a mistake.
Because they're talking about things the voters aren't really focusing on the whole thing right now is about.
Economic security or the lack thereof.
For the people the country and I think if we get to work and -- that the voters will be rewarding us if we don't think they'll be punishing us.
I know I do wanna ask you about this the big boost today time whether or not to hold your holder in contempt.
I assume that you're not I'm not pleased about that.
And -- I'm not for a couple reasons one is.
Again it's a distraction from what we ought to be doing which is focusing on the economy that also.
It looks to me like this is a deliberately provoke constitutional confrontation.
The the Republicans and accused the attorney general of covering up.
The fast and furious situation.
There are two people with direct personal knowledge you could testify about what he knew about it.
What is the assistant attorney general but they won't let the guy testified the other is the head of the ATF and they won't let the guy testify.
The attorney general has turned over 3700.
Documents to the committee and tried to negotiate this -- You don't have a constitutional.
Confrontation among the branches unless it's absolutely necessary.
This is manufactured it's unnecessary.
And it's really -- vandalism of the constitution to be doing this today.
-- all right okay that's a strong strong words.
A question from -- Mitchell.
A congressman this congress now have to pass a new tax -- to pay for this plan.
Is now that the Supreme Court has been reclassified this is it -- these Iranian.
This is there any legislative fix or anything that needs to be done.
-- the you know what what the law says and what the court understood is that the person refuses to buy health insurance and has the means to do so.
Then that person is subject to a penalty the court recognizes -- -- attacks that's always been in the law doesn't change anything harmonic thing one thing very very clear.
There is no tax increase on any American.
Who makes less than 250000.
Dollars a year unless I'm -- They do not have health insurance and don't go into the exchange and buy it if you make thirty or 40000 dollars a year.
The cost -- gonna be something like six or 700.
Dollars a year for health insurance there's nothing new in this as far as taxes is concerned.
Congressman we thank you for thank you for pointing that I didn't provide good counsel -- a great day my pleasure you as well.
Right handle 22 male and we did everything and they on the Internet -- more efficient or more effective we do we can do with two with the big guys do -- for work.
But so here's today.
-- question from Bob Saget consider the states that do not have to comply with Medicare requirements which -- which demands that they increased coverage to the -- the cost of that word that people use for the president's health care law will be in the trillions those of you who wanted to be where -- -- getting no country can survive with a 30% or more on welfare.
Let me pull this out of that so.
What the law does is that in red states they won't comply.
States like Texas which is pretty big.
States like Florida pretty big are gonna say you know what we're not going to we're not coming to that party.
Now they're going to experience a benefit because they're not going to have to spend that money now and they're not gonna get those people and for the insurance rolls.
But they're not gonna have to spend that money -- right wrong.
But other than actually be punished for any day you know I'm still looking into the Medicaid brewing and it is still digesting it but it's clear this is gonna.
Do you like you said this is gonna -- on a party lines.
He had those while those Republican governors while they will benefit they'll also have to repair an adequate defense fly the -- the Medicaid rules are now.
You know increase.
-- -- -- -- What I series am -- right when you mentioned red states and that's a while there's the largest clamor coming out of the political leadership about spending.
Those very red states are the ones that get more of the federal dollar than what they chicken sure -- is importing them out but I don't.
See you know let's wait and see if we get to have to cross that bridge.
And whether those states find the cost benefit analysis.
And also very cost politically of reducing Medicare -- Says Tea Party in Florida.
Guess what she says Tea Party barb says the Tea Party was born in -- and it has come of age today.
This Supreme Court ruling be afraid and be very afraid she says.
-- Strickland says.
This is a serious boost.
A for Mitt Romney he can use the momentum to expand and rally the base and I wanna go back to this are what about this subject that's work the Tea Party years for -- Libertarian minded conservatives for the people who really intensely despise this legislation.
For them any complaining about Romney is sort of now doesn't count they got -- they got to go vote for him in my right.
During the gasoline right dosage saying is that after the Republican primary shroud would -- -- -- -- I became the presumed nominee.
-- -- -- -- -- Announcement regarding.
Gay rights in actually rally the base around running now you have this right health care is decision that's -- part which is now.
You know if there was any cemented his now variety around -- in the Republican base that was.
And that was when the president said that he was personally cool with gay marriage but thought it was okay that states could still do -- -- -- -- -- The discussion that we had and we -- on this very Internet telecast you and I -- and with others was that Romney was gonna stagger out.
-- Republican primary process.
Cut to ribbons by his opponents and millions of dollars in negative campaign ads it would take till June and he would collapse as soon as he got -- -- for the price fight.
Well it is he wrapped it up pretty much -- in -- -- And now the base came to I mean Mitt Romney could go around in a private enterprise -- they gay pride that and do anything he wanted basically and they would still say.
-- get rid of the health care law OK I will vote right.
-- -- why the gay community and trying to you know get people wouldn't I don't think there I don't think he's going to hear exactly -- I mean social concerns Rick Santorum would still read my pattern no pride at how little I just look I think.
They were gonna go form anyway and we see the hardening of numbers of the core constituencies.
Both for Obama and for Romney.
What we also see it is the more he is in the swing states the less they like them.
And if he wants you can and I would presume that one of the reason is is because he again is pitching gloom and doom on as a contrast to the recovery that is going forth.
And he would hope that that would be arrested and he would hope that this.
Decision of the Supreme Court wouldn't would have been the opposite.
Then he would have had something to -- but now he's got to find something else to run -- because his numbers are starting to go down in those swing states.
And I can tell you was a lot of those coming off of unemployment and whatever -- and trying to find their way to health care and reducing those costs.
Who lamenting over the decision of this court.
When it protects them and their rights to health care I don't think there's a message that -- bode well for him.