Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that President Barack Obama's healthcare plan, known as Obamacare, is constitutional, has once again left a nation divided and Republicans vowing to fight it.
"What we found is that even bad policy and bad law can be ruled constitutional," Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper says. "Which is what the court did. I think the ruling caught just about everybody by surprise by the way it came down."
Congressman Harper says the healthcare law is not constitutional in the commerce clause, but that the Supreme Court decided it was under a tax. Harper tells us the President promised Americans he would not raise taxes on anyone.
"And we find out this a tax that is going to effect every person in this country," Harper says. "And so now, we are faced with the only option to fix this is to repeal this law."
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended the bill on Sunday morning television, saying it is not a tax.
"It's a penalty," Pelosi said on NBC's Meet the Press. "It's a penalty that comes under the tax code for the one percent perhaps of the population who decide that they're going to be free riders."
Harper says for the healthcare law to be overturned, certain things will have to take place in the November election, such as electing Republican Mitt Romney as President. Harper says Romney would then declare the new law as something that needs to be repealed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.