Congress and President Barack Obama should step back and re-evaluate Obamacare, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said Friday.
"It's time for Congress and the president to take a time out on this, and to stop the implementation of this healthcare law," DeMint, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, told Fox News "America's Newsroom."
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The impact of Obamacare is already being felt as Americans are "losing their jobs. They're losing their health insurance. And people want their voices heard on Washington," DeMint said.
The opposition to Obamacare is greater than conservative Republicans and represents a growing number of Americans, DeMint maintained.
"This is much more than a tea party effort. A large and growing majority of Americans want to stop this government takeover of healthcare," he said.
Rather than defunding Obamacare,
DeMint indicated he thinks a delay of the law — rather than trying to defund it — was "the only way that the president is going to pay any attention to what the House says right now.
"This law is devastating to America. It may be the most devastating thing in a generation, to not just our healthcare system, but our economy, our culture, how we think about things as Americans," he said.
"If there was ever a time for politicians to take a risk on their next election, it's stopping the government takeover of healthcare," DeMint added.
Whether it is Obamacare or some other issue, DeMint said, it is time for Congress to stand up to president Barack Obama, because if it doesn't, "this president's going to continue to roll all over them.
Obama, DeMint stressed, is "out of control. He's on pace to double the debt during his time in office. And, he's expanding spending at every turn."
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