The PJ Tatler

The Empire Strikes Back: McConnell Hints At Possible 'Comprehensive' Health Care Legislation

Do with this what you will

The senior Senate Republican on Tuesday raised the possibility of Congress writing comprehensive healthcare legislation if the Supreme Court next year strikes down a subsidy provision of Obamacare.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will lead the chamber starting in January, told reporters: “If the court would rule the way they might, we could be in a very large comprehensive revisitation” of U.S. healthcare policy.

The nation’s highest court is expected to rule by the end of June on a conservative challenge to an important part of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear arguments for and against tax-credit subsidies to help millions of Americans get health coverage under the law.

At first blush, this seems like something to be excited about. After all, it would be hard to make the law worse, right? McConnell, however, admits he is unsure what the changes would look like because the decision is months away.

So?

GOP leadership has had years now to ponder what revisions and overhauls to this bureaucratic monstrosity should look like and there really isn’t any reason for them not to have quite a list of alternatives, regardless of what SCOTUS ends up doing.

If I remain skeptical, it is probably because they keep giving me reasons to.