Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., told Politico Pro that the two issues were completely different and that the rule would only affect a small subset of the American people.
“Health care affects everybody. Either you got it or you don't, right?” Connolly said. “I mean clean air affects everyone, but there are a heck of a lot more states who feel the negative effects of coal-fired power plants and lack of pollution control than those who produce coal.”
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to announce the new rules on Monday.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Politico Pro that states weren’t prepared for Obamacare, but should be prepared for the new EPA rule.
“States were not quite set up to take over the Affordable Care Act. That was new to them,” Waxman said. “The implementation plan under the Clean Air Act has been something that's been required since 1970.”
In his weekly address Saturday, President Obama noted that, unlike Obamacare, which was passed on a party-line vote, "these standards were created in an open and transparent way, with input from the business community. States and local governments weighed in, too."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., insisted that the EPA rule would be phased in gradually, rather than having a harsh deadline like Obamacare.
“So I don’t think there’s anything comparable to that here where you’re literally throwing on a switch at one time where you see whether or not the entire system works,” Van Hollen said.
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