Rep. Chaffetz rejected Sen. McCain’s claim that Americans approve Obamacare because they elected Obama
September 30, 2013
Today a Republican House Representative rejected Sen. John McCain’s (R-Az.) claim that the American people endorsed Obamacare by re-electing President Obama because, as he pointed out, many House Republicans gained their seats in 2010 by opposing the healthcare law.
In an interview earlier today on MSNBC, television host Andrea Mitchell asked U.S. House Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.) if he would reconsider his position to either defund or delay Obamacare.
“Well, we went from defunding, which I voted for 40+ times, [so] I think a delay is a reasonable expectation,” he said. “I believe the Obama administration has unilaterally and multiple times, over the last several months, cherry picked which parts they are going to delay.”
“It [Obamacare] is not ready.”
Mitchell mentioned that other Republicans, McCain for example, felt differently.
“I don’t care what John McCain thinks,” Chaffetz responded, referring to McCain’s recent statement that the American people “endorsed” Obamacare by re-electing Barack Obama.
On the Senate floor last Wednesday, McCain said that he didn’t like Obamacare and it wasn’t the outcome he wanted, but he believed “all of us should respect the outcome” of the 2012 Presidential election, “which reflects the will of the people” on Obamacare.
Oddly enough, McCain did not mention the November 2010 midterm election in which voter backlash over Obamacare allowed Republicans to retake the House.
Democrat losses in that election added up to the highest loss by a party in a House midterm election since 1938.
Chaffetz referred back to these GOP House gains after Mitchell suggested that members of Congress critical to Obamacare, such as Chaffetz, should move on “to other issues.”
“Do you want me to just disregard all of my voters, all the promises that I made and how I got elected?” Chaffetz asked. “There were a lot of people elected, particularly in 2010, on this issue [Obamacare], and to just say ‘Well, you should just forget about that because of President Obama’s election,’ we can’t do that.”