Roe Says Partial Repeal of Health Care Law Would Be ‘Disaster’

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said the worst thing that could happen in a Supreme Court ruling on Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation would be if the judges say it’s partially constitutional.
In a Friday interview with the News Sentinel, and the court’s ruling expected soon, he said that if only parts of it are repealed, “it’s a disaster, the costs will skyrocket.”
He said that if the court only removes a requirement from the legislation that says all citizens must have health insurance, then insurers and other groups that pay for health care would not be able to handle how the risk is spread among groups. America’s Health Insurance Plans, which represents the health insurance industry, has also sounded that warning..
If the court upholds the reform legislation, then Republicans will work to repeal it themselves, the congressman from Johnson City said.
And if the entire reform law is repealed, that would be ideal with Republicans such as Roe.
A market-based exchange that lets consumers choose their own plans would be a suitable replacement, he said. But states led by Republicans aren’t ready to open such exchanges, The Associated Press reported this week.
“Spread the risks over a huge amount of people,” he said, another position shared by AHIP.
Roe was not ready to speculate on what the Supreme Court may say.
“I don’t have a clue,” he said.

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