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Updated Jun 28, 2012 - 9:39 am

Schweikert, Quayle promise House fight on health care

While Republican Congressmen David Schweikert and Ben Quayle of Arizona are engaged in a heated campaign for the state's 6th Congressional District, they agree Supreme Court's upholding of President Obama's health care overhaul is a mistake.

Schweikert was outside the Supreme Court Thursday when the ruling was issued.

"I'm a little bit on the shocked side," he told 92.3 KTAR "Arizona Morning News."

"They [the Obama administration] swore to us this was not a tax. It was sold to the American people as one thing and now we find out we were being lied to for at least a couple of years.

"There's so much more in this piece of law than the little talking points at the top."

Quayle was equally surprised at the turn of events. "I'm flabbergasted. ... they upheld the mandate as a tax when throughout the whole process, it was not considered a tax. The statute never mentions a tax when it revolves around the individual mandate, it was always a penalty. Earlier versions of the bill had it as a tax but in order to get it passed they had to change it to a penalty.

[Now] To say that it is an actual tax when the text of the bill does not say that, the legislative history does not support it ... I'm very confused by the logic and the interpretation of it."

Both men said Congress would would move to repeal the law after legislators return from the July 4 break.


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