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Price Predicts Court Will Kill Obamacare

Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) believes the Supreme Court will declare Obamacare unconstitutional in 2012.

In a conference call with reporters, Price discussed Congressional Republicans’ attempt to repeal Obamacare before suggesting the nation’s highest court might beat them to it.

“I think the courts are going to lap us on this one,” Price said. Noting an “expedited appeal process,” he forecast that “sometime in the spring of next year,” the Court would find the bill unconstitutional, after receiving the case from “either the Fourth and or the Eleventh Court of Appeals.”

Price co-hosted the call with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La) to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Obamacare’s passage. While the Republicans — doctors, both — itemized their objections to the bill, they also illustrated the challenges Republicans face — particularly if they’re forced to defend Massachusetts’s rather similar health-care law.

Cassidy, for instance, derided the Democrats’ assertion that you can “increase access and decrease cost” by pointing to the Bay State. Massachusetts has a “very admirable program,” Cassidy stressed; he applauded the state for “giving it a go.” But ultimately, he concluded that it pays some of the highest costs in the nation.

Later, Cassidy highlighted the fact that people were “gaming the system.” “People are jumping on and jumping off when their acute medical condition is addressed,” he warned. “People who get on and drop insurance six months later have a much higher cost of care than those who have insurance consistently.” Thus, an individual mandate does not necessarily solve the problem of high-cost individuals.

To mark this dubious holiday, Republicans are circulating a CNN poll in which 59 percent of Americans say they still oppose the law.

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