9:09 AM, Dec 6, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
“And now, you know, Lord willing we’ll get rid of that this summer with a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality issue which certainly I think all of us have joined in that suit. And thank you all for being great attorney generals from that standpoint.”
Cuccinelli: “Well — so as a president, it sounds like you’re ready to simply use an executive order to effectively void this law, or large parts of it, that you don’t agree with.”
Perry: “Absolutely. And I think that...”
Cuccinelli: “What is your authority for that?”
Perry: “Well, the executive order obviously gives you that authority, but also as I said earlier, having men and women in those agencies that are going to share your philosophy — and I think that’s a really important message not just to Health and Human Services, but all the way through.
“In my plan for getting America back working, I talked about the energy industry and having the Department of Interior open up those federal lands and waters so that we can get into and explore for and get America more independent on the energy side. Millions of jobs can be created and have the security of domestic energy.”
Cuccinelli: We’re getting a little away from the question. I just want to be real clear to make sure I understand this. You are taking the position that you can stop the implementation of a law passed by Congress, signed by the president, with an executive order?”
Perry: “I’m saying we can — we can stop parts of it. The other parts of it obviously have to be done from the rule standpoint of those rules that are going to be implemented by the Health and Human Services, et cetera.”
Pruitt: “[Congresswoman Bachmann, you’ve] been a strong opponent of the president’s federal health-care law, as we have been, and it’s been because primarily, I trust, because of the individual mandate. But [you] also went so far as to say the states cannot pass an individual mandate. They lack the authority. What’s your constitutional basis for that?”
Michele Bachmann: “Well I think it goes back to the liberty interests that each one of us inherently has, and there can be reasonable disagreement on that issue. I think the overriding issue I want the American people to realize is that if we do absolutely nothing, Obamacare will be implemented, and it’s going to change the face of the country forever.
“It’s going to cost trillions of dollars over the years. It’s going to take away our liberty. It could [cause] the potential collapse [of] Medicare, because it takes $500 billion out of Medicare. And it’s also for the first time in the history of the country, it has [taxpayer] subsidized abortion. It really is the new social engineering playground of the Left, and it has to be stopped.
“One thing I’d like to mention is in August of this year, President Obama in a stunning level of power demonstrated how far a president can go with Obamacare, because he ordered every private insurance company in the United States to now offer free-of-charge the morning after abortion pill, contraceptives, and on and on, and so this is it.
“And what I want people to know is we have one chance to get rid of this bill, and it’s in this election cycle.”
Mike Huckabee: “But Congresswoman, I want to really understand. Virginia passed a statute saying that no one could be forced to buy health insurance in the state of Virginia. We passed a constitutional amendment saying the same thing in Oklahoma. Are you saying that that was unnecessary that we didn’t, the states didn’t have the authority to do that anyway?”
Bachmann: “No, you certainly had the authority to pass that statute. The problem is that both of you know, the federal government Obamacare bill will trump the state statutes. You did the right thing. What you did is you demonstrated that this is the opinion in Oklahoma, the people in Virginia. You don’t want to come under that federal government restriction.
“I agree with that. But the problem is, it is the law of the land right now and if we do nothing, it’s going to continue to steamroll every state that there is. I don’t want to see socialized medicine, [become] the law of the land, and fundamentally it’s the foundation for socialized medicine.”
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