HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR DISCUSSES THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON HEALTH CARE AND HIS DECISION TO SPEARHEAD THE REPEAL ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
CANTOR TELLS CO-HOST ERICA HILL AND CBS NEWS SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT JEFF GLOR, “WE ARE GOING TO BRING UP A REAL VOTE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH AND CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THE CHOICE IS VERY CLEAR IF YOU STEP BACK FOR A SECOND. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND WHETHER THIS LAW IS GOING TO GO FORWARD OR NOT”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) discussed the Supreme Court ruling on health care, his decision to spearhead the repeal scheduled for July 11 and what this means for the election with co-host Erica Hill and CBS News Special Correspondent Jeff Glor, live today, June 29, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview.
HILL: The House has voted dozens of times to repeal parts, or all, of this law which has essentially has gone nowhere. With a democratically controlled Senate, why go through this motion again?
CANTOR: We know that most of the American people don't like this law and that's why we are going to continue to look toward the kind of health care that people want, and that's patient centered health care not health care dictated by Washington, which is what Obamacare delivers. So, we are going to bring up a real vote on Wednesday, July 11th and continue to focus on what the American people want. The choice is very clear if you step back for a second. It’s all about the election, and whether this law is going to go forward or not. If Mitt Romney gets elected he will be the one that will get the health care that most people want back on track. We want to see people who like their health care keep it. The president has always been about that too. He always said if you like your health care, you can keep it. But, the fact is, this law will not allow people to keep the health care they like. Health care is going up and the fact is, Washington is going to take control of health care, which is what we don't want to see happen.
HILL: Is this going to be more of a platform for Mitt Romney moving forward? Will we start to hear more specifics from him other than just repealing the health care act?
CANTOR: The type of health care we want starts with patients and their doctors. We don't want Washington bureaucrats telling patients what kind of health care they should have and what they can’t. The fact is we need more choice. We need people to be able to choose the kind of benefits they want and to base it on the needs of their families and not some dreams here in Washington.
GLOR: That said, Congressman, as you know, the mandate was initially a conservative idea. Do you see yourself supporting a mandate under any circumstances?
CANTOR: I do not support Washington requiring someone to purchase health care and then telling someone what kind of health care coverage that's going to be, which is exactly what this Obamacare bill is. In addition, what we heard from the court, now determines once and for all, that this is a tax.
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