U.S. Rep. Tom Price predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the federal health care law enacted last year.

“I think they Supreme Court will get to it next spring,” the Roswell Republican told members of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter and Dunwoody chambers of commerce on March 21, which he pointed out was a day before the anniversary of the singing of the health care law by President Barack Obama.

If the court does strike down the law, “at that point, we’ll have a vacuum,” said the Sixth District congressman, who represents Dunwoody and a portion of north DeKalb. “We have to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks when the court brings [the law] down.”

Price, who was a practicing doctor before he went into Congress, said he believed the health care law was unconstitutional because it required universal health insurance coverage.

“This is the first time in the history of the United States we have said, ‘This is a product you must buy and this is what must be in this product,’” he said.

Price, elected to his fourth term in Congress, said the new members of the House of Representatives elected last year have brought new energy to the Republicans in Congress.

“You can feel it. You can see it in the actions already taken,” he said. “They are having a significant effect on our conference, which is good.”

He said the House this year includes 87 new members, including 37 who have never held other elective office before, which he said mean they did face “a fairly steep learning curve.”

Republicans now are concentrating on a more business-friendly recovery for the economy, he said. “It’s not confounding as to why we haven’t had a faster recovery,” he said. “We haven’t been doing a lot of the right things.”

But Republicans remain the minority in Washington, he said, even though they won control of the House. “My team – our team – controls one-sixth of the federal government. We are the minority team in Washington. We are three months in the new Congress and the fact is all one-sixth of the government can do is stop bad things and try to get good things proposed.”

He called recent federal deficits “astounding” and said raising the federal debt ceiling had allowed the government to borrow “an inconceivable amount.”

“We find ourselves trying to fix the train as it’s running down the track,” he said. “That’s a calamitous thing to do.”

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.