George LeMieux: 'Obamacare Needs to be Repealed'
Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, now in a crowded Republican primary field looking to take on Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a constitutional challenge to the federal health-care law signed by President Barack Obama.
"The Supreme Court’s announcement to review Obamacare this spring is the right decision,” LeMieux said in a statement released on Monday. “Obamacare’s individual mandate is nothing less than unconstitutional and an infringement upon our sacred liberties. The federal government cannot force Americans to purchase a product and then fine them if they do not. If this is within the power of our federal government, then there is nothing our government cannot do and our founders’ vision of federalism is over.
"While serving in the U.S. Senate, I not only voted against Obamacare, I vigorously fought against its passage,” LeMieux added. “I also joined my colleagues in signing a brief, urging the courts to uphold a lower court’s decision of Obamacare’s unconstitutionality. The doctor-patient relationship is sacred and non-negotiable. Obamacare needs to be repealed in its entirety so Americans can continue to make decisions that are best for them without fear of government involvement."