By Russell Berman - 06/28/12 06:15 PM EDT
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the majority of President Obama’s healthcare reform law would “strengthen [the] resolve” of the GOP to repeal it entirely.
Boehner and other House Republican leaders pledged to redouble their efforts to scrap the 2010 law legislatively, but they said the law’s fate ultimately rests with the voters in November.
Citing the court’s holding that the insurance mandate is constitutional under Congress’s power to levy taxes, McMorris-Rodgers said the law now represents “the largest tax in American history.”
GOP leaders announced they would move forward with another House vote to fully repeal the law in July, despite the fact that the House has already held one repeal vote that was rejected by the Senate.
“The real outcome of today’s decision is to strengthen our resolve to make sure that this law is, in fact, repealed,” Boehner said at a Capitol press conference.
The Speaker declined to criticize the Supreme Court or Chief Justice John Roberts, the George W. Bush appointee who provided the deciding vote in favor of the law. “I’m blessed that I’m not a lawyer,” Boehner said. “It’s not for me to decide. While I’m disappointed in their decision, they came to a decision. I respect it.”
The House majority whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), said the court’s ruling would not reopen – and not end – the debate over healthcare in America. “The debate has only begun,” he said.
Speaking on the Senate floor less than an hour after the ruling, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed that Republicans intend to use the ruling to double down on their efforts to repeal the law.
"Americans want it repealed," he said, "and that's precisely what we're going to do."