Since President Obama signed health care reform into law, Republicans across the country have opposed the measure by introducing repeal legislation in Congress, passing state-based initiatives exempting specific states from the law, and filing frivolous lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of reform. Since recent Supreme Court precedent contradicts the GOP’s interpretation of the constitution and any state opt-out efforts are superseded by the federal law, most observers have argued that the GOP is seizing on the unpopularity of reform to rally their base and score political victories.
Indeed, last month the campaign of South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, circulated a video touting his participation in Florida’s challenge. Documents surfaced in Wisconsin indicating that the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) coordinated with Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen (R) about the state’s health care lawsuit.
MCMASTER: When President Obama and the Washington radicals pushed their unconstitutional takeover of health care, I pushed back. I led the fight to overturn the backroom deals – to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that’s my job.
Repealing reform has also become an issue in the race to fill the late Rep. John Murtha’s seat in Pennsylvania. Republican Tim Burns has launched a completely counter-factual ad against former Murtha aid Mark Critz, attacking Critz for refusing to repeal “Obama’s radical health care bill” — in other words, something that only slightly resembles the actual health care law. Watch the ad here.