WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today voted in favor of Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) amendment to repeal the health care law.
“There is not a thinking person in Washington who believes this health care law will work. Our state and our country would be best served by repealing it and replacing it with sound policy, and I was proud to vote in favor of repeal today,” said Corker. “It looks to me like there is a very strong chance the Supreme Court could rule this law unconstitutional, and my sense is we may be back at the drawing board doing something that is very much different as it relates to health care reform. And I think that is a good thing.”
Corker has been a steadfast opponent of the health care law, having cosponsored or supported every effort to repeal it, including specific provisions such as a burdensome 1099 reporting requirement on small businesses and an orphan drug price increase on children’s hospitals. Last November, Corker, along with 32 other Republican senators, signed onto a legal brief filed in the Florida case arguing the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. In the 112th Congress, he is an original cosponsor of Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) health care repeal legislation and Sen. Mike Johann’s (R-Neb.) bill to strike the 1099 requirement.