INDIANA, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Indiana's junior senator on Capitol Hill says it would be a terrible mistake for the nation, if President Obama’s Affordable Care Act were allowed to stand.
The U.S. Supreme Court began on Monday hearing three days worth of arguments on a challenge to the health care reform law that is the signature initiative in the Obama administration’s first term in office.
Coats takes issue with the health care plan on two fronts.
He says implementation of the Affordable Care Act would cost the government hundreds of billions of dollars, and would drive the escalating national debt even higher.
But he says the mandate that all Americans buy health insurance, or else be charged a penalty, amounts to trampling on individual rights.
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats/(R) Indiana: " That takes away the personal freedom and liberties of American citizens, and so this idea that Washington can tell us what to do and what not to do, and then call that constitutional, goes against the very basic principles of freedom, of liberty, that we have enjoyed as Americans."
The health care law remains pretty unpopular with the American people.
A significant majority of voters favor repealing it.
That’s only one reason why there's a lot at stake politically for President Obama here.
If you submit to the belief that health care reform is the most important accomplishment of his first four years, then the possibility it gets struck down under legal challenge could be disastrous.
Republicans figure, under such an outcome, to portray the president as an out of the mainstream liberal, with a plan to fix health care that doesn’t square with the revered Constitution.
It would certainly seem to make it tougher to win re-election in November.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act in late June.
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