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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Supreme Court hearings on health-care law: The hope is ‘the entire law falls,’ says Barrasso

As the Supreme Court begins its constitutional review regarding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) tells the Heritage Foundation’s Rob Bluey that Americans are “getting just the opposite from this health care law” from what they want.

“Across the board, if you look at what Americans want, in terms of the care that they need from the doctor that they want at a price they can afford, they’re getting just the opposite from this health care law,” said Barrasso.

According to Barrasso, a physician of 24 years before running for office, a burdensome regulatory structure is keeping doctors from their patients.

“It seems with every new regulation, it takes time away from the time you get to spend with the patient, because you’re out filling out paperwork and forms. I don’t want anybody between a doctor and a patient — not an insurance company, a bureaucrat or or a Washington bureaucrat.”

“The best outcome is that the court says that the individual mandate — a mandate that you must buy a government approved product — is unconstitutional and that they would also rule that because that part is unconstitutional, the entire law falls,” said Barrasso.

Earlier this month, Barrasso and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), also a doctor, released a report (“Warning: Side Effects, A Check-Up on the Federal Health Law”) examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

By  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/26/2012

 
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