Anticipating the Supreme Court’s decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law this month, Speaker John Boehner briefed his Conference about health care messaging at a closed-door meeting this morning.
The Ohio Republican’s office is also circulating a list of talking points to GOP offices to unify their response no matter which way the court rules on the law.
The Speaker emphasized the importance of talking about the law’s effect on small businesses, according to a source in the room.
And in the accompanying talking points, obtained by Roll Call, Boehner’s office is urging Members to drive home the GOP message that “unless the Court throws out the entire law, we need to repeal what is left of ObamaCare and enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.”
The talking points also tie the issue to the electoral battle for women this fall by stressing that health care costs are too high and, according to the Labor Department, women make most family health care decisions.
“Women make approximately 80 percent of the health care decisions made for their families. Republican health care reforms will ensure families and doctors make health care decisions — not Washington,” the message states.
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will also begin holding Member meetings on the subject.
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