The White House and other Democratic surrogates have been confidently predicting that the Supreme Court will uphold Obamacare in its ruling later this month. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated that just yesterday.But last night at fundraiser, Obama talked openly about the prospect of having to do it all over again, according to a report from Bloomberg.
President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.
As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments
That is much more candid than usual.
Bloomberg’s Hans Nicols has also uncovered strategic memos outlining how the White House and pro health-care reform groups will respond if all or part of the law is overturned:
“The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” according to the memo, e-mailed on May 16 by an official at the Herndon Alliance, a coalition of groups that backs the health-care overhaul.
At least Democrats are working on their strategy if the Supreme Court overturns Obamacare.
Republicans still have no idea what their strategy will be. Speaker Boehner has considered replicating parts of the bill that are broadly popular– for instance, requiring insurers to accept customers with pre-existing conditions. But more conservative members of the party don’t want any part of passing it.
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