Republican Senators Orrin Hatch (UT) and Lamar Alexander (TN) made it clear that the GOP's conservative base is still fiercely opposed to the Affordable Care Act by re-introducing legislation on Tuesday that would eliminate the ACA's individual mandate.
In a statement, Hatch said:
“This legislation we are introducing today is simple: it strikes the individual mandate, so we can instead find ways of providing people with health care, but in a manner that doesn’t run counter to our constitutional framework of limited government."
While the mandate still faces some implementation obstacles, both opponents and proponents of the so-called "Obamacare" agree that President Barack Obama's re-election ensured that it will survive. The ACA also has withstood challenges in both the Supreme Court and at the ballot box.
The reintroduction of the American Liberty Restoration Act is proof that Republicans still cling to the dream of repealing the Affordable Care Act and are largely opposed to the requirement that all Americans purchase insurance or pay higher taxes. This requirement goes into effect in 2014.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced a bill in the House on January 5 to fully repeal the ACA. Over the course of the past two years, the Republican-led House has held more than 30 votes to repeal or weaken the health care reform law.