Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) seemed to say this past weekend that he’s not on board with President Donald Trump’s latest efforts to repeal Obamacare — at least not with the reasoning.
Alexander said this as he finished an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Host Chuck Todd asked Alexander about Trump’s decision to move forward with a case that, if successful, would do away with the health care law.
“Are you disappointed Trump decided to go forward with the Obamacare lawsuit? There was a window where the Justice Department could have pulled out of it, but they didn’t,” Todd said; adding, “If you undo Obamacare what is the plan to replace it?”
I thought the Justice Department argument was really flimsy. What they’re arguing is that when we voted to get rid of the individual mandate we voted to get rid of Obamacare. I don’t know one single senator that thought that.
No one in Alexander’s office returned The Tennessee Star’s request for comment on the matter Monday.
As Breitbart reported, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely hear the case later this year.
“More than a dozen Republican-led states brought the case, Texas v. Azar, and increased the chances that the court could toss out the ACA in its entirety after a federal appeals court found that former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation violated the Constitution,” Breitbart reported.
“Republican state officials contend that Obamacare must be struck down because Congress eliminated the penalty for following Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Republicans believe that the individual mandate is essential to the ACA and that the rest of the provisions would not work and cannot stand without that mandate.”
Alexander said as much on Twitter that year.
“If the U.S. Supreme Court eventually were to agree that Obamacare is unconstitutional — which seems unlikely, however poorly the law was written — I am confident that any new federal law replacing it will continue to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions who buy health insurance.”
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