Sebelius: ‘We’ll be ready’ if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law
Sebelius: ‘We’ll be ready’ if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law By Elise Viebeck – 06/07/12 11:53 AM ET
President Obama’s top health official told an audience Thursday that the administration will be prepared to react if the Supreme Court strikes down its healthcare reform law.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she is “confident and optimistic” that the high court will uphold the law, but added “we’ll be ready for contingencies” if it does not.
The remark, at a White House town hall on women’s health, comes as the president and Democrats brace themselves for the court’s decision, which is expected by the end of the month.
A report last week said Obama has privately expressed concerns he could have to revisit healthcare issues in a second term — an attitude that contradicts the confidence he’s expressed publicly that the court will rule in the law’s favor.
“Frankly, we’re just working as hard as we possibly can to get ready for 2014,” when new portions of the law will be implemented, Sebelius told the friendly audience Thursday.
“It’s best to anticipate that the law is fully constitutional. … Some of the deadlines are pretty daunting,” she said.
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