Candidates Weigh Political Fallout From Possible Supreme Court Rejection of Barack Obama Health Law
What might happen, Leno asked Tuesday, if the Supreme Court rules President Obama’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional? How will people - including children - with preexisting medical problems cope?
The lack of a clear answer to that question, and many others raised by the prospect that the law could be overturned, may force candidates to rewrite their political scripts. If the high court in June rules the law invalid, Republicans will no longer have the luxury of addressing Obama’s health care plan with a simple “I am against it” and move on to the next issue.
Already, that possibility is giving rise to “what if” questions being posed everywhere from the couches of late-night comedians to the hallowed halls of Congress.
For Romney, the GOP presidential front-runner whose health care law in Massachusetts contains elements at the heart of the Supreme Court case, the election was supposed to be almost exclusively about Obama’s handling of the economy. On the trail, he dismisses the health care law as destructive.