NBC News has gotten ahold of new Republican talking points on how to deal with the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. The memo, which was distributed by House Speaker John Boehner’s office this afternoon, gives some early insight into what House Republicans plan to do if the court overturns part, but not all, of the law.
According to the talking points, in the event that the judges only repeal the individual mandate, Republicans will focus on repealing the rest of the Obamacare legislation. Their motto, NBC reports, is “Repeal and Replace,” although Republican leaders do not plan to introduce any major healthcare legislation of their own.
Other talking points emphasise the effects of the healthcare law on small businesses, families, and women, suggesting that the GOP will attempt to tie the Obamacare issue to other electoral battles this summer.
Here are some of the other highlights from the memo, via NBC:
- The president’s health care law is making things worse — driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.
- Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people. The number-one health care concern of families and small business is the cost of health care, and Republicans’ health care reforms will lower costs.
- Women make approximately 80 per cent of the health care decisions made for their families. Republican health care reforms will ensure families and doctors make health care decisions — not Washington.
- We want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctor of their choosing, and receive the health care they and their doctor feel is best. Those decisions shouldn’t be made by Washington.
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