Pelosi: Court will uphold healthcare law in 6-3 decision

"First of all, I think we're ironclad on the constitutionality of the bill," Pelosi said on CBS's "This Morning." 

"We believe in the Constitution, we believe in judicial review ... I think we'll be 6-3 in our favor."


Pelosi conceded that parts of the law, most notably the individual mandate to have insurance, could be struck down by the court. She said Democrats are prepared for all possible outcomes in the blockbuster decision.  

"One is they declare the whole bill unconstitutional. The other is it's severable and they do take pieces. We'll be prepared for any eventuality," she said. 

If the justices strike down the individual mandate, which court observers think is a strong possibility, they will have to decide whether the rest of the law can stand. Pelosi predicted it would be unlikley that the court would strike down the entire law. 

"Many of the things that are in place right now, it would be hard to see the court roll back," she said.

Pelosi contended because of the popularity of parts of the healthcare bill that are already in place — such as allowing young people up to age 26 to be covered on their parents’ policies and prohibiting discrimination against children based on pre-existing conditions — the court was likely to rule in the bill's favor.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the healthcare law by the end of June.