Obamacare Rhetoric Intensifies Ahead Of Supreme Court Decision
Increasingly, Republicans are attacking and President Barack Obama is defending the health law as the High Court nears a decision on whether some Obamacare insurance subsidies can stand. In the meantime, the GOP readies hard questions for Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is scheduled to testify before a House panel Wednesday.
Obama And GOP Amp Up Rhetoric As Supreme Court Nears Obamacare Decision
Three weeks before an expected Supreme Court ruling that could strike down Obamacare subsidies for 6.4 million Americans, President Barack Obama and Republican foes began to blame each other for the possible damage. In recent days, Obama has given back-to-back, passionate defenses of the Affordable Care Act as a fulfillment of the American social contract to ensure access to health care to everyone. Republicans on Capitol Hill, who hate the law but are wary that the ruling could strip benefits from millions of voters in predominantly Republican states, are pledging not to fix the damage of a Supreme Court ruling without eliminating the law’s more onerous provisions. (Haberkorn and Wheaton, 6/9)
The Associated Press:
GOP Ready To Attack Obama Health Law As HHS Chief Testifies
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is ready to defend President Barack Obama's health care law before congressional Republicans who consider it a failure and who hope the Supreme Court will void one of its cornerstones — federal subsidies that help millions afford coverage. Burwell was scheduled to testify Wednesday before the GOP-led House Ways and Means Committee as Obama's five-year-old health overhaul remains a partisan flashpoint likely to reverberate through next year's presidential and congressional elections. (Fram, 6/10)