Health Head: Congress’ Problem If Court Voids Health Law Aid


Congress and the states will need to find an answer if the Supreme Court strikes down the federal subsidies that are a foundation of President Barack Obama’s health care law, his health secretary told lawmakers Wednesday.

Sylvia Burwell also said the president would reject any proposals restoring those subsidies that Republican lawmakers have already produced because all would roll back crucial elements of the overhaul law, in effect repealing it.

“Something that repeals the Affordable Care Act is something the president will not sign,” she said.

Burwell’s comments to the House Ways and Means Committee marked a continuation of Obama administration efforts to pressure Republicans should the justices void subsidies that help millions afford health insurance. A decision is expected this month.

The GOP runs Congress, and 26 of the 34 states likely to be hardest hit by such a decision have Republican governors.