House GOP Names Task Force To Plan A Post-SCOTUS Obamacare Alternative

January 30, 2015 12:46 pm

House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) will lead along with two other top committee chairs a Republican task force to come up with a plan in case the Supreme Court strikes a blow to Obamacare later this year.

Politico reported on Friday that Ryan, Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Education and Workforce Chair John Kline (R-MN) would lead the group. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is expected to announce the plan later Friday.

They will be tasked with working up an alternative plan if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in the 30-plus states that use HealthCaregov, as well as a more general Obamacare alternative if the law were to be repealed, according to Politico.

As TPM reported Thursday, Senate Republicans have already convened a working group with the same task. Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Health Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Policy Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) are leading it.

Thus far, the GOP hasn’t coalesced around a post-Supreme Court plan. “This idea — we’re ready to go? Actually no, we’re not,” a congressional health policy aide told TPM.

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