Byron Donalds, a conservative Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 19th District, reacted to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare by saying conservatives must work to save the country from a ruling class that is out of touch with average Americans.
“We have a country to save,” he told Examiner Thursday night.
The way to do that, he says, is to elect citizen legislators to Washington, D.C., instead of career politicians.
“The average Republican voter is tired of hearing what political people think,” he added, explaining that the political class is part of the problem.
Calling the decision to uphold President Obama’s signature law a “terrible” ruling, Donalds said it fundamentally “changes the relationship between the individual and the government.”
“Congress can make us do anything they chose,” he said. “Washington has too much power and authority.”
“We must not live with this law,” he added, encouraging conservatives to be patient with the process.
One of the ideas Donalds proposes is a tax benefit that lets individuals purchase their own insurance with pre-tax dollars. The Florida Republican says ideas like this need to be considered in order to effectively bring down the cost of health care.
The next Congress, he said, needs to fight to repeal the law legislatively. If elected, Mitt Romney must also work to repeal Obamacare, he added.
House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said the House will once again vote to repeal the law on July 11. The repeal, however, will probably not move in the Democratic-led Senate.
On Thursday, a Rasmussen poll found that 54 percent of voters nationwide want the law repealed, essentially unchanged from where it was two years ago when the law was first enacted.
Donalds is one of six candidates facing off in the August Republican primary to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Connie Mack, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
He told Examiner that he has a good feeling about the campaign so far and says he sees “lots of momentum.”
“I love where we are and I love what my team has done,” he said.
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