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Bridget Johnson


July 1, 2012 - 10:37 am

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on ABC’s “This Week” that Chief Justice John Roberts had to “contort logic and reason” to come up with his ruling on ObamaCare.

“So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I, you know, thought were his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people,” Ryan said. “So now the stakes of this election could not be higher, George.”

Stephanopolous asked Ryan about Mitt Romney’s past statements that Roberts is a model for the kind of justices he would appoint to the Supreme Court.

“Well, I don’t agree with his ruling. I agree with the dissenting judges. I think they basically had to rewrite the statute in order to call this a tax,” Ryan said. “He did have some good principles, which is the Commerce Clause and necessary and proper clause, meaning there is a limit to what Congress can do to affect people’s behavior. But if you call it a tax, you can tax anybody to do anything you want from government, apparently. That to me is a disturbing ruling. That to me is rewriting this law.”

Ryan looked forward to the week when the House returns from the July 4 recess, and an expected July 11 vote to repeal ObamaCare.

“And what’s frustrating about this is, when Obamacare was being deliberated, we were offering patient-centered solutions,” he said. “I’ll just say this. We can have a health care system in America where everybody has affordable access to health insurance, including people with pre-existing conditions, without a government takeover.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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