During his tenure as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) was deeply involved in the framing of the health care law. On C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, Rep. Waxman shares his reaction now that Republican leaders are moving forward in their attempts to repeal the law.
Despite statements by Senate Democrats and President Obama refusing to allow the repeal, the congressman acknowledges that Republicans will keep trying, possibly by cutting off funding for certain parts of the law. He suggested that Democrats will respond by initiating a public education campaign to inform the public of the benefits in the law.
In the interview, he brushed off Republican objections that the law was a government takeover and maintained that Democrats have spent years asking for their input. He also discussed how President Obama sought out various approaches to cut inefficient and wasteful spending from the health care system.