LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It may be an off week for Congress but many Republican lawmakers will tell you it's a working holiday as they gear up to repeal health care reform. Congressman Charles Boustany responds to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare.
"We were all stunned by that decision handed down by the Supreme Court," said Rep. Boustany, (R) Louisiana.
Despite the high court's verdict on health care reform Boustany is uniting with other Republicans to repeal it.
"This is not a good health care law. It's a massive tax hike. In fact some would argue it's the biggest tax increase in American history," said Boustany.
According to Boustany it will add more than $600,000,000,000 in new taxes and $500,000,000,000 in cuts to Medicare. However Democrats see it differently. Nancy Pelosi had this to say on NBC's Meet The Press.
"No, no. It's not a tax on the American people. It's a penalty for free riders. But, since you're bringing up the subject, it's important to know that middle income families will get about $4,000 in tax breaks and tax credits, in order to have their health insurance, to buy their health insurance. So middle income families come out quite well in this," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D) California.
"It looks like a tax, it smells like a tax. It's a tax. The court has ruled now that it's a tax so all of this deception that went on for quiet some time by the President, by Nancy Pelosi and Democrats was exactly that. Deception - deceiving the American public," said Boustany.
Boustany said he also stands behind Governor Bobby Jindal's refusal to implement any part of the plan. Here's what Jindal had to say on Meet The Press.
"We can't afford another entitlement program. We're going to have more people in the cart, rather than pulling the cart. We're going to go the way of Europe if we don't repeal this law," said Jindal.
While the Supreme Court has delivered their decision Boustany believes part of the success of the repeal process lies with the voters.
"On the first Tuesday of November the American people are going to have their say and so ultimately the outcome of the next election is going to be critical as to what direction we go in on this because most of the changes regarding Obama care go into effect in 2014. We still have a little time to roll this thing back and repeal it," said Boustany.
Boustany said the silver lining in all of this is opponents of the bill only need 51 votes to repeal in the Senate rather than 60 votes.