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An -- before get back to Peter and too rich let's go to Republican congressman Michael Burgess -- Texas who's the chairman of the congressional.
Health care caucus vice chair the subcommittee on health that is quite experience in these matters after having spent.
Nearly three decades practicing.
Medicine before -- went to congress in north Texas you shaking your head congressman.
Well I can't three speeches prepared it and this wasn't one of them.
I thought it was finding -- constitutionality of the base of attacks.
After the president who is a constitutional scholar assured me for three years that this is no way attacks.
It's it's it's left me with with no prepared text for you today.
All right so that's -- -- a better way to do an -- sometimes because the special Paribas.
With a member of congress said we don't find them very often to be.
Without words but this is something else -- it did come especially the reasoning and the idea.
Think about a percent of the idea that the Chief Justice John Roberts not Justice Kennedy Chief Justice John Roberts is the one.
Who went five for and went to the liberal side of the court what most surprised somebody like you big time.
Yeah it did -- know I was here for the day of the oral arguments on the constitutionality individual mandate I was impressed.
But Justice Kennedy not thought well there's there's some hope here he made he may see -- the right -- The tax issue I think came up briefly that day.
But was quickly batted away and and not considered.
Really something that deserves a lot of spot so it is a little surprising that.
For the past several months this is this is what has been the central theme of the argument none of the debt.
None of these so called left leaning justice is brought that up during the oral arguments that it may have been Justice Roberts himself.
But again it wasn't seen as a central part of of anyone's argument.
At least in the court.
But I but I was they -- they have more oral arguments but functionally what it means now is this now shifts from this rather complicated health care fight.
The very straight forward tax fight over Justice Roberts is correct.
If congress does have the power to tax who else have the power contacts.
And sometimes our our our rules get a little bit.
Convoluted on some of the things we deal went.
-- you know that some people looking into this now as far as the the -- is concerned it may be the the ability done tax doesn't require of the sixty vote majority that maybe something could be included in the senate budgets and and pass with 51 senators this may play a very important role in the upcoming election.
And 33 senators after all are on the all the ballot this fall.
This may become something what people really want to scrutinize and understand where where they're senator would be on this this is could this has -- potential.
For being the largest tax increase in American history -- as your previous guest pointed out you'd you'd couple -- quickly the expiration of bush tax cuts and the 23 new taxes of the Affordable Care Act or are now pretty a pretty significant.
Let me ask you about what you just said in terms of the senate I'll have I'll probably put the same question -- senator John -- Republican will join us in a few minutes but are you saying that that the house votes to repeal.
This laws and undoubtedly will pretty soon as a matter fact we've already heard congressman -- talk about that are you saying that the senate can go along with that without getting.
To sixty votes explain yourself a little bit so I can not -- last sentence and -- again.
Thank you you meet you you need to have someone who actually understands senate procedure -- and that's not against you have on right now.
But -- pride in what I've observed in the past as far as budget's.
That pass in the senate they don't require sixty votes.
If there were -- -- -- to pass them right to eliminate this tax in the budget.
Maybe you don't have to get to sixty or maybe there could be reconciliation and instructions where the subsequent vote would not require sixty vote threshold I don't know that for a fact but I think this does open the door to those -- -- Alaska and will keep on that part of the story and see what the mechanics are evident in congress the congressman Burgess thank you for your time today from Capitol Hill we appreciate it.
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