Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, one of the early leaders of last year's effort to defund President Obama's health care law, has lately been leading the charge for conservatives to adopt a positive reform agenda.
On Monday, Lee sat down with the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein in his Senate office for a wide-ranging “Dialogue” interview, which can be watched in full in the video embedded in this post.
In the interview, Lee said “of course” the dynamics of the campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare changed after Jan. 1, once Americans started receiving benefits through the program.
“The status quo changed dramatically on Jan. 1,” Lee said.
Many supporters of the push to defund Obamacare said at the time that it was necessary to block the law before its benefits started flowing, after which point it would be much more likely to become entrenched.
“We’re past the Jan. 1 start date, so yeah, we’re necessarily, unavoidably, in a different position than we would have been had we been able to act meaningfully before Jan. 1,” Lee said. “But that is not to say that we have crossed the point of no return. I mean look, a lot of Americans are being harmed by Obamacare and we have not yet begun to see the full scope, the depth and the breadth of harms caused by Obamacare, in part because a lot of it hasn’t kicked in yet because the administration keeps acting quite unconstitutionally in order to delay some of the more harmful provisions.”
Among other topics, the interview touched on Lee's ideas for fighting poverty and inequality, his tax plan, his fight against crony capitalism and his views on whether amending the Constitution through an Article V convention would be worth pursuing to restore the appropriate balance between the federal government and the states.