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July 11th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Rep. Hensarling: Health care legislation is 'the seminal issue of our time'

Republicans are taking the Affordable Care Act to the floor later today, trying to repeal the law that the Supreme Court upheld just a couple of weeks ago. It’s the 33rd attempt to repeal the law, and some people argue that it’s time to focus more on the economy than on repealing the health care legislation.

However, Rep. Jeb Hensarling says health care is all about jobs and the economy on Starting Point this morning. To support his claim, Hesarling cites some of his constituents in Texas who can’t hire more employees, or have to lay them off, because of Obamacare.

In response to a recent poll among people who do not support the health care law, which says that 33% want to repeal the whole law, 30% want to repeal some of it, and 34% want to wait and see, Rep. Hensarling says that while he does not “worship at the altar of public opinion polls,” he contends that the longer the health care law is out there, the higher the numbers repeal it climb.

To further illustrate his point that Republicans are not backing down, Rep. Hensarling notes that other great laws in American history had to be voted on numerous times, such as welfare reform and civil rights.

“I believe it’s the will of the American people,” Hensarling says.

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