(CNSNews.com) – Former Attorney General Ed Meese said Friday the “people will rise up” because the Supreme Court upheld the health-care law’s individual mandate as a tax, saying it will be up to them in November to decide whether they want the law, which he called “this monstrosity.
One day removed from the ruling, Meese moderated a discussion at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., involving Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business's, both who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Obamacare.
After the event, CNSNews.com asked Meese what his initial reaction was to the decision.
“Actually it was shock,” he said. “There were a lot of outcomes that we anticipated might happen; this is one that nobody, I think, anticipated -- the idea that the Court would uphold the law on the basis that it was a tax.”
“In many ways it was unfortunate, I believe,” said Meese, who served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan.
“This is a law that should have never been passed and should have been thrown out as unconstitutional for a variety of reasons,” he said. “But to create the subterfuge that what the Congress itself had said was not a tax is a tax in order to save the law, I think was very disappointing.”