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McConnell: ‘We’ll let you know’ ObamaCare plan after SCOTUS rules

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday declined to discuss the details of a Republican backup plan for ObamaCare, saying that the party will be ready if the Supreme Court rules against the healthcare law.

“We’ll have a plan that makes sense for the American people,” the Republican leader said during an interview with The Joe Elliott Show. “If the plaintiff is successful it will require some addressing of the issue, and if that were to happen we’ll be ready to announce our proposal.” 

{mosads}The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision this month in the King v. Burwell case, which could cancel subsidies for millions of Americans who are enrolled through the federal website HealthCare.gov.

McConnell wouldn’t discuss the details of what congressional Republicans would do if the Supreme Court rules against the government and cuts subsidies for people in at least 34 states.

“We’ll let you know depending on the outcome of the decision,” McConnell said when asked if he would discuss details of the Republican plan. 

He added that the Affordable Care Act is “a terrible law, but we are where we are.” 

President Obama insists his administration doesn’t have a plan B for a ruling against the healthcare law, and suggested on Monday that the Supreme Court shouldn’t have taken up the case.

“There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case,” Obama said Monday, adding that the writers of the Affordable Care Act “never intended” to block subsidies for anyone.

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