In a candid interview with Des Moines Register columnist Kathie Obradovich a couple of weeks ago, soon-to-be Republican U.S. candidate Matt Whitaker said that he opposed the outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Instead, Whitaker told Obradovich that the law needed to be “reformed and fixed.” He went on to say, “We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. I think it’s a very easy sound bite to say repeal Obamacare, or repeal the Affordable Care Act, but there are actually some good things. Very few, but there are some good things.”
Whitaker has since reversed is position on the Affordable Care Act and now favors its outright repeal. Whitaker explained his position change at a conservative breakfast club in Des Moines on Tuesday.
Whitaker explained that he likes how Obamacare allows you keep your own doctor. He also appreciated that Obamacare was not a tax, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was. Whitaker then admitted that after examining the new law closer, there is nothing good about it, and thus joined every Republican member in congress in calling for its full repeal.
Whitaker also made an argument that the new healthcare law is unconstitutional because it did not originate in the U.S. House of Representative. Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution states that “all bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” Whitaker noted that since the bill originated in the U.S. Senate and not the U.S. House, the controversial law ought to be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the interview with Obradovich, Whitaker also said, “People know my reputation and who I am. And I think it is one of the many things that is wrong with politics right now is candidates holding up a mirror to voters and repeating what they are told by those voters. I’m just going to be a different kind of politician.”
Some voters may know who Whitaker is, but his little flip-flop on Obamacare demonstrates that they might not know exactly where he stands on some significant issues. It is also apparent that the blowback he received from the interview he gave to Obradovich caused him to reconsider his position.
To be fair, Whitaker isn’t the only likely Republican U.S. candidate having a change of heart on an issue. State Senator Joni Ernst, once a supporter of raising the state’s gas tax, now opposes the idea. Ernst told Mike Wiser of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, “I think there are other ways to pay for road repairs than raising taxes.”