NBC News has obtained a list of talking points that House Republicans plan to use if the Supreme Court strikes down part or all President Obama’s health care reform law this summer.
The list, which originated from the offices of House Speaker John Boehner, suggests that the Republicans do not have a comprehensive plan to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if it is ruled unconstitutional. Instead, they plan to enact a number of smaller, still unspecified bills to replace it.
The talking points are below, via NBC:
TALKING POINTS: WHAT WILL REPUBLICANS DO IF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN ALL OR PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S HEALTH CARE LAW?
· The president’s health care law is making things worse — driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.
· Unless the Court throws out the entire law, we need to repeal what is left of ObamaCare and enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.
· Republicans will not repeat the Democrats’ mistakes. We won’t rush to pass a massive bill the American people don’t support.
· Health care coverage has become too expensive for too many people. The number-one health care concern of families and small business is the cost of health care, and Republicans’ health care reforms will lower costs.
· Women make approximately 80 percent of the health care decisions made for their families. Republican health care reforms will ensure families and doctors make health care decisions — not Washington.
· We want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctor of their choosing, and receive the health care they and their doctor feel is best. Those decisions shouldn’t be made by Washington.
Interestingly, Boehner’s talking points promise to repeal Obamacare “in its entirety.” This contradicts previous reports that House Republicans would try to protect popular provisions of the law, such as those banning discrimination and allowing children to be covered by their parents’ health benefits until the age of 26.
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