BREAKING: Republicans Release Contingency Plan for King v. Burwell Ruling!!
The Republican Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee, Paul Ryan (who was also Mitt "Grandfather of Obamacare" Romney's running mate just 2 1/2 years ago, you might recall), has made it official:
(Bloomberg) -- House Republicans won’t agree to fix Obamacare if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the law bars health-insurance subsidies for millions of people, said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
OK, so what happens to the 6.5 - 7.2 million people who will be faced with a $3,200 tax hike in the event of the SCOTUS ruling for Republicans?
Republicans are developing a “contingency plan” to address the states whose residents would lose subsidies while lawmakers work on a full replacement for the Affordable Care Act, Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Friday in Washington.
Oh. A "contingency plan" while they "work on" a "full replacement". A replacement that they've had 5 years to figure out (while voting to repeal the ACA itself 56 times without anything to replace it, I should add).
So, what's this "contingency plan", then?
“What’s the bridge out of Obamacare for people in the states that just lost it?” Ryan said during a Bloomberg Television interview Friday. “What we want to do is give the states freedom to let their people go into a patient-centered health care system, which will look like what we would ultimately like to replace Obamacare with.”
So basically, you're going with the plan that Alan Grayson presented on the House floor a few years back after all:
"Don't Get Sick...But If You Do...Die Quickly."