June 17th, 2012
01:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Lawmakers mum on health care contingency plans

(CNN) – With a decision looming from the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, two lawmakers wouldn't describe in detail Sunday any plans for replacing the landmark piece of legislation.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," neither Republican Sen. John Barrasso nor Democratic Rep. Chris van Hollen could specify what preparations they were making should the Affordable Care Act be struck down.

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"We don't know exactly what the scope of the Supreme Court decision will be or, of course, what it will be. But the reality is those very important protections are at risk if the Supreme Court knocks it down," Van Hollen, who represents Maryland, told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Pressed to say whether Democrats had a back-up plan, Van Hollen explained the Affordable Care Act was his party's plan to begin with.

"The answer is that we put this plan in place," Van Hollen said. "It makes sure that kids who have pre-existing conditions are not denied care. It allows kids up to the age of 26 to be on their parents' insurance plans."

"If they strike that down, there is no other easy answer," he said.

Barrasso was similarly vague, saying that if the court allows the law, or parts of the law, to stand, Republicans would use legislative measures to repeal it.

"I believe there is going to be a stinging rebuke of this president's centerpiece legislation when the Supreme Court rules later this month, and they should rule that this is unconstitutional," the Wyoming senator said. "If not, the Republicans want to repeal everything that is left standing."

A Republican plan, Barrasso said, would be shorter and less complicated, though he didn't provide further details.

"You'll see step-by-step common sense solutions, but you are not going to see a law so voluminous that it cannot be read, so incoherent that it cannot be understood," Barrasso said.

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Filed under: Chris Van Hollen • Health care • John Barrasso
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. B.

    Expect the worst from the Supreme Court as they, more than likely, will screw the American people again for the third time!

    Giving us all the Moron Bush, Citizens United, destroying our Democracy with unlimited money- buying government, and now this..

    June 17, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. King

    hey I say the repubs finally kill the health care plan and the American people who think that it is good that way deserve what they get. there will never be another president that stood form American like Obama.

    June 17, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    It will be disaster If Supreme Court strike down any part of the health care bill or full bill

    1) Our law makers won’t talk about health care reform in near future
    2) Tons of money will flow in to campaigns

    June 17, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We all know that Justices can accept gifts including their Government paid salaries, but it's the "gift givers" that should be a concern to every American. We've seen how the Justices rule on campaign finance which has proven to be also financed by foreign money and it's vitally important that we watch how these Justices rule on Obamacare whether you support it or not isn't going to be the real issue. The real issue will be who is controlling these Justices, we've seen 2 justices thus far quit and publically express their concerns about rulings by Justices. We are all in this together and trust me, if the high courts aren't checked, we're all going down together.

    June 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. arale norimaki

    How come Politician complain about obama health care when taxpayers are paying for there family socialized medicine?

    June 17, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    That's because they know it won't be struck down.

    June 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Repealing the health reform law will be the beginning of death panels for republicans.

    June 17, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |