House GOP to release full ObamaCare backup plan after court ruling

House GOP to release full ObamaCare backup plan after court ruling

House GOP leaders are offering a glimpse into how they plan to respond to this month’s highly anticipated decision on ObamaCare.

The trio of House leaders plans to outline specific policy proposals sometime before the court’s ruling, but will hold off on releasing legislative language until afterwards, according to a spokesman for Ways and Means Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.).

“We’ll have a plan that will be public before the ruling, but given that we don’t know exactly what they’ll say, we’ll have to wait for the ruling to have text to align with the situation,” spokesperson Brendan Buck said Monday.


Ryan is one of three GOP chairman charged by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy with creating a fallback plan if the high court strikes down ObamaCare subsidies in King v. Burwell.

Ryan told reporters in March that he planned to have a bill ready — and priced by the Congressional Budget Office — by the decision. Now it looks like those details won’t be public until after the ruling.

The group has already described some of their ideas in a Wall Street Journal op-ed just before the case's oral arguments in March.

Buck declined to say whether the bill would be fully scored by the time of the decision, but said work with the Congressional Budget Office “has been ongoing for months.”

He also declined to say whether the budget office was scoring multiple potential plans.

“We’re working with them to make sure our solution will score properly,” Buck said.


That ruling could come as early as next Monday, though is widely expected in late June.

Republicans in Congress have struggled to agree on the best way to prevent a potential backlash in case 7.5 million people lose healthcare subsidies because of the GOP-backed lawsuit.

While some have argued that Congress should not extend any of the ObamaCare subsidies after the ruling, others believe it is the GOP’s best shot to avoid a massive meltdown of the healthcare system.

"We've been working to deal with whichever way the Supreme Court makes a decision. We will roll that out as soon as a decision is made," McCarthy said when asked about extending ObamaCare subsidies.

McCarthy underscored that the House Republicans crafting the King v. Burwell proposal have been in contact with their counterparts in the Senate who are also working on a plan. 

"There has been greater coordination than probably what has been written [regarding] talking to senators," he said.