Although many in the GOP-controlled Congress have welcomed getting rid of the Affordable Care Act, it seems as though a majority of states don’t have a backup plan in place if SCOTUS was to rule against the controversial healthcare plan.
It remains a possibility that this coming June, the Supreme Court could rule against Obamacare, effectively cutting off millions of people from healthcare coverage. In Washington, D.C., this week, many state governors demonstrated that while they supported ruling against Obamacare, they had no plan in place if that was to happen.
Governors present at the National Governors Association’s winter meeting revealed that there wouldn’t be much they could do if the eight million people estimated to lose coverage were affected by the ruling.
“That responsibility doesn't fall in the hands of the states or the governors, it falls in the hands of the leaders right here in Washington," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said.
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“It’s way too early to respond to a Supreme Court ruling which hasn’t been — in which there has not been a conclusion,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory commented. “The nation and the states don’t have a B Plan. … We would like to have a plan. We’re still trying to figure out the current Obamacare details because there’s a lot that changes every day.”
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the matter on March 4, and are likely to come to a decision by June. Many Republican governors echoed Walker’s sentiments, saying that it was not their responsibility to find a replacement for Obamacare if the SCOTUS ruled in favor of striking it down.
“This is a federal program, it’s a federal problem,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
For most governors, it seems, the issue of Obamacare alternatives is at a “wait and see” point until June, at the very least.
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“We declined to operate a state exchange along with a majority of other states,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said. “Right now we're just evaluating what our options are depending on what the Supreme Court decides."