GOP Stakeholders Have Different Views For Health Law Strategies
News outlets report Republican lawmakers' conflicting views as they wait for the Supreme Court's decision on its constitutionality. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports that the fate of the nation's "uninsurables" is tied to what the justices decide.
Politico: Right Infighting Over Health Care
Thirty minutes. That's the roughly time it took for conservatives to jump all over Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team after the GOP's game plan for dealing with President Barack Obama's health care law leaked to the media. … The behind-the-scenes fight among Republicans richly illustrates why House GOP leadership is so cautious, sensitive and calculating when it comes to dealing with the conservative right. POLITICO obtained the email chain, the contents of which show that health care reform remains just as emotional an issue as ever (Sherman, 5/17).
The Washington Times: Senate Republicans Wary Of Health Care Law
Republican governors and GOP-dominated state legislatures were united in opposing President Obama's health care law, but now that it's in place, they are far more divided over how far to go in complying with it, especially with the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the law's constitutionality (Winfield Cunningham, 5/18).
The Associated Press: Fate Of 'Uninsurables' Hinges On Supreme Court
Cancer patient Kathy Watson voted Republican in 2008 and believes the government has no right telling Americans to get health insurance. Nonetheless, she says she'd be dead if it weren't for President Barack Obama's health care law. Now the Florida small businesswoman is worried the Supreme Court will strike down her lifeline. Under the law, Watson and nearly 62,000 other "uninsurable" patients are getting coverage through a little-known program for people who have been turned away by insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions (Alonso-Zaldivar, 5/18).