WASHINGTON - The United States is potentially just days away from a Supreme Court ruling on President Obama€™s health-care law, but even the savviest beltway insiders have no idea what the outcome will be.
The Washington Post wrote last week that the White House, Democrats and Republicans are busy crafting and strategizing their messages "about what to do in the moments and days after the most consequential high court decision in a generation €" a ruling that will reverberate politically and in the lives of everyday Americans" and businesses.
"I don€™t know when it€™s going to happen, so what I have in my head is, when we hear from the court that they€™re going to announce a decision, I grab one or two of our staff people and a camera, and stand in front of the Supreme Court and comment," Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a vocal critic of the law, told the newspaper.
Politico reports that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pledged last week to repeal the 2010 health-care law the first day he takes office, assuming a few things happen: He becomes president and SCOTUS upholds the law. "You know, regardless of what they do, it€™s going to be up to the next president whether to repeal Obamacare, or to replace Obamacare. I intend to do both," he said while campaigning in Orlando.
The news source outlined three potential outcomes:
- The Supreme Court will uphold the law but toss out the individual mandate provision.
- The entire law goes down in a ball of flames.
- The entire law is upheld.
While the nation awaits the Supreme Court€™s ruling on the fate of health-care reform, the Obama administration continues working under the assumption that the entire law will be upheld. No matter the outcome, NACS will continue to make sure the current law or any future laws regarding health-care reform have as small a burden as possible on the convenience store industry.