Meet the Press   |  July 14, 2013

McConnell on Obamacare: 'If we had the votes we'd repeal it'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offers his opinion on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the parts of the law that will be excluded from action.

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>> obama care and the implementation, which is controversial, a lot of senators on your side talking about repealing obama care. as they've tried to publicize this law and get people familiar with what is possible as they're setting up exchanges around the country, this is a letter that you wrote to the nfl commissioner, one of the leagues who were going to help in publicizing this. you wrote, "given the divisiveness and per sis sent unpopularity of this bill, it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion." i read the letter, leader mcconnell, and it was striking how political it was, that letter you wrote to them. you referred to it as a bill. it's actually the law of the land , which has even been affirmed by the supreme court . how can you write such a letter at a time when don't you feel the need for people to understand what the new law is?

>> well, the president himself seems to not think parts of the law ought to be implemented. i mean, he is selectively delaying parts of it as if it's all just kind of a smorgasbord of options for him to figure out which ones to execute and which part of the law not to execute.

>> a delay is not a failure to execute.

>> for example, they decided to say never mind on the employer mandate. what about the individual mandate? does the president get to decide which parts of the law to comply with and which parts not? it's a massive, complicated, unpopular bill. obviously, if we had the votes we would repeal it. but the president himself --

>> but leader, it's not a bill. you support the democratic to process. this is not a bill.

>> now it's law.

>> you refer to it as a bill. doesn't that undermine the view -- if the shoe were on the other foot and there were a law that was passed by republicans in congress, would you not refer to it as the law of the land and want to see it implemented as best it could be despite the fact that you disagree with it?

>> well, of course it's the law of the land , and i wonder why the president himself is delaying various parts of it. he, you could argue, is not executing or implementing the law that he thinks is such a wonderful thing for the country. look, this is a big controversial issue. it's not going away. it's in all likelihood going to be the premier issue in the 2014 election. the american people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed, and they hope that the congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens.