Within minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling upholding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Tea Party leaders were announcing an all-out effort to reinvigorate their troops to elect a president and Congress members who promise to repeal the controversial health care law.
“The Supreme Court ruled against the American people today,” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, told The Christian Post.
“The American people overwhelming oppose Obamacare. Now more than ever it is time for the American people to band together and take our government back. Americans agree with what Justice Kennedy said in the dissenting opinion that ‘the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.'”
Yet Martin and other Tea Party leaders are also firing shots over the bow of the Republican fleet as a warning that even incumbents or candidates running under a conservative banner would be ousted unless they pledge to repeal the controversial healthcare program.
“Mr. Romney, Mr. Boehner: the American people are putting you on notice. You both promised to fully repeal Obamacare. We will hold you to your promises. We are putting all politicians on notice that we will not rest until this law is overturned in its entirety.”
The Romney campaign wasted little time in responding to the ruling, with the presumed GOP candidate promising to suspend Obamacare on his first day in office.
“What the court did not do on its last day in session I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare,” Romney said in a statement Thursday. “Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today.”