Parties Strategize about Health Care Law before Verdict
House Republicans are now planning on their next move even before the Supreme Court release its verdict on Obama’s health care law. If the measure is not repealed, they plan to call for a vote to repeal the law to reinforce their opposition to the bill. This has been their political identity ever since Obama took office.
Republicans in the House have prepared battle plans as they anticipate the Supreme Court ruling on the issue, which will be released as soon as next week. The Republican National Committee coordinated with the Congressional campaign offices and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. It has launched a petition drive to ask for the repeal of the bill. It even allows signers to watch their faxed petition arrive via the internet.
Obama’s administration is confident that the Supreme Court will have a ruling in favor of the measure and they will immediately move to put the law into force. But friends and supporters of the president don’t share the optimism of the White House and are preparing in case the court comes out with an unfavorable decision.
Representatives of groups in favor of the law from vital political battlegrounds gathered on Washington for two days of meetings to plan their response at the request of Families USA, which is one of the health care reform law’s most firm supporters. Democratic aides on Capitol Hill said that they intend to force a vote on the issue regarding the uninsured.
House Democrats were already given a pocket card that contains information on how the law has already helped Americans. It states that 86 million have received free preventive care, 105 million freed from lifetime cap on benefits, and 17 million children who are not denied of coverage due to pre-existing health conditions.
Health insurance industry began lobbying that the regulatory provisions in the health care reform law can’t survive if the Supreme Court rules against the mandate that all Americans buy health insurance. The Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling as early as next week but it is most probably the following week.