U.S. Rep. Thomas A. Marino, R-Cogan Station, said he will continue to fight Obamacare in Congress, but agrees that affordable healthcare should be made available to all.
The question, he said, is how to pay for it while the United States struggles with nearly $17 trillion of debt while those in office fight over spending and taxes.
Marino, who said he voted to repeal or eliminate parts of Obamacare 40 times, said the costs of the president's healthcare plan are skyrocketing. The federal legislator said that the estimated number of people that would benefit from nationalized healthcare has dropped, while the costs to run it have doubled to $1.8 billion.
"He knows he's running into a problem because he can't pay for it," Marino said. "He purposely underestimated it just in order to pass it. They're doing everything they can to raise revenues for Obamacare, and the money just is not there."
Marino said that the president's plan included more than just healthcare. He said Obamacare includes necessary banking and housing amendments.
"It was just a political move, in my opinion on the part of the president, to leave a legacy," Marino said of Obamacare. "There was really no plan. He said this was just an idea."
Obamacare takes away from Medicare to pay for increased Medicaid costs, Marino added.
Even those lawmakers who passed the bill have exempted themselves from taking part in it, he continued.
"If it's so good, why don't you guys want to participate in it?" Marino rhetorically asked.
Still, he said healthcare should be for all.
"We have got to come up with an alternative. No one should ever have to go without healthcare," he said. "If they can't afford it, then we as human beings in this country should see that they get treatment, and we're going to have to pay for it somewhere else - even if some of us have to dig in our pockets and pay more."
Marino insisted that the country doesn't have a revenue problem - it has a spending problem. The United States simply cannot continue spending more than it takes in, he said.
Projections show increases in the deficit every year if the nation stays in its present spending path, which would end in a $22 trillion debt at the end of the Obama administration, according to Marino.
"This president's mission, he wants to make it so miserable and make it seem like the Republicans are so responsible for what's taking place that he can win the House back in 2014. Then he can push through his social agenda without anyone defying him," Marino said.
"We're the adults in the room," he added, referring to House Republicans, "keeping (out) some of the ridiculous legislation that they try to push through."