Obamacare is continuing to punish middle-class workers, says Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, who defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Saturday's runoff election, and his top priority is to battle the health care law while representing the people of his state.
"My top priority is clearly on the healthcare law," Cassidy told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. "It's pounding the American people. People are upset about this law, and we must do something about it."
He pointed out that the Supreme Court is mulling a case about whether the administration is breaking the law by allowing subsidies to help Americans finance their healthcare plans, "and a plain reading of the law suggests that they are. If the Supreme Court rules that the administration is breaking the law, it crashes in 30 some odd states."
The midterm elections and the Republican Party's sweeping takeover of the Senate, show that the "American people want something different," said Cassidy about calls to either replace or repeal Obamacare.
Meanwhile, the senator-elect, who joins the Republican-controlled Senate after the first of the year, said that Republicans were particularly popular in the South this fall because the GOP is the one group that truly represents the "working person."
"If there’s one party for the working person right now, it’s the Republican Party," said Cassidy. "The Republican Party is pushing the use of natural resources to create American jobs. It is the Democratic Party is trying to kill those jobs."
For example, he said, when it comes to the nation's natural resources industry, Democrats fight against most aspects.
"For example, in the coal industry," Cassidy said, "they clearly have a war on coal, the oil and gas industry. Barack Obama continues to impede our jobs with regulations."
But while Cassidy takes a hard line on Obamacare and on how Democrats are dealing with the nation's natural resources industries, he said he will not be aligning himself with other senators, such as moderate incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., or Republicans Texas firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz.
"I don't necessarily align myself with anybody," said the new senator. "It sounds like campaign rhetoric, but it's from the heart. I represent the people of Louisiana, and it is their concerns that are uppermost. I am here to represent Louisiana, not align myself with anybody."
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