Sen. Mike Johanns says the fight against the federal healthcare overhaul is over, decided by the elections Tuesday.
Johanns, a Republican, says with the re-election of President Obama and the retention of power by Democrats in the United States Senate, there is no way to repeal the law.
“Elections have consequences and, unfortunately, the direction today is that there just isn’t any ability to stop the implementation of a bill that I think people are really going to come to loathe,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Johanns doesn’t even see much chance that the legislation will be altered in the next Congressional session.
“The president doesn’t want people messing around with his signature piece of legislation. I think it takes effect and unfortunately I think it’s going to have some very negative consequences for health care in our country and our ability to choose our doctor,” according to Johanns. “I think this was a terrible policy to start out with and it hasn’t improved with age.”
The elections Tuesday kept Democrats in charge of the White House and Senate. Republicans remain in power in the House.