Louisiana, other parties to Obama health law lawsuit, await decision
Chris Miller Reporting
The U.S. Supreme Court won't rule until later this week on the health care overhaul that is the centerpiece of President Obama's term. Louisiana Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, a medical doctor, gave this week's GOP radio address to argue it's bad law that needs to be thrown out.
Cassidy said the White House just plain missed the point about quality medical care.
"Good health care starts in a doctors office, not in a Washington back room," Cassidy told listeners. "Obamacare has turned out to be the wrong medicine for out-of-control health care costs."
But President Obama said the law lowers costs, lowers premiums, and anyone who says otherwise is not telling the whole truth, saying a lot of what the oppositions presents as fact is from erroneous studies funded by the insurance industry.
"It's smoke and mirrors," the president said when the bill was pending before Congress. "It's bogus. And it's all too familiar."
A ruling is expected Thursday. Louisiana joined several states in suing the federal government, arguing the individual mandate portion of the health care act, which requires people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, is unconstitutional.