Rep. Pallone: I Hope I Will Be Here ‘When Republicans Finally Realize We Did the Right Thing’ on Obamacare

December 14, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Frank Pallone

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said Thursday that he wants to “be here one day when Republicans finally realize that we did the right thing, the world is not coming to an end, and in fact, the nation will be better because of the Affordable Care Act.”

“I just hope that I will be here one day when Republicans finally realize that we did the right thing, the world is not coming to an end, and in fact, the nation will be better because of the Affordable Care Act,” Pallone said in his opening remarks at the hearing on the implementation of Obamacare’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion.

Pallone said he was starting to learn “the Republican playbook” on Obamacare.

“Let me start out by saying that I’m beginning to learn the Republican playbook on the Affordable Care Act. First, they spent a year and a half holding repeal votes. When that didn’t work, they advocated that the Supreme Court would most certainly reverse the law, and of course, that didn’t happen,” he said.

“And, finally, they crossed their fingers and hoped that the president would lose the election, and when all else failed, the next move now is to delay implementation under the guise of lack of information,” Pallone said.

“I want to stress that the president won the election. Implementation is gonna move forward, and the landmark health care law will continue to have a positive effect on millions of people’s lives,” he added.