Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Supreme Court soon will pull the trigger on the epic health care case. Better be ready to rumble. Everyone else is, as the court should announce Monday or by the end of the week whether the Obama administration’s signature health care law lives or dies, in whole or in part.
“We’ll be ready for court contingencies,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged.
Key players certainly are prepared to pounce, whichever way the court moves. If the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act survives, Republicans will introduce repeal bills to keep the debate roiling. If the law dies, Democrats will turn an “activist” Supreme Court into a juicy campaign target while lawmakers from both parties resurrect certain favored portions of the measure. If the individual mandate to purchase coverage is cut out but the rest of the law is left intact, lawmakers and insurance companies will be figuring out how to manage what remains.