Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price said the transition needs to be a smooth one if the health care law is overturned.
“I think the best thing to do is you’ve got a campaign going now, you go and ask the people, what do you all think? ... Novel idea here. Let’s go talk to the people that hire us. If people have different views, then let the people know that so they can select candidates. ... I think it’s a perfect opportunity for democracy to work.”
The White House, meanwhile, has been largely mum about its own preparations for a court decision, repeatedly expressing confidence that the law will be upheld even though it acknowledges the possibility that it won’t. Privately, senior administration officials have said nobody knows how a court decision will play out.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that the individual mandate at the core of the case and the law is “profoundly important, as it was, say, in Massachusetts and has been in its implementation in Massachusetts. I’m sure that’s why Republicans in Massachusetts and even at the Heritage Foundation thought that it was a good idea when they came up with it,” he said.
“But I’m not going to game out for you what ... a Supreme Court decision would look like if it were to come out this way or that way,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.