GOP on health care: Repeal quickly, replace slowly
By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press June 17, 2012 11:12PM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses highlights of the court's current term and the impending decision in the Affordable Care Act litigation as she addresses the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy convention in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012. Ginsburg says those who are guessing publicly what the court will say on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law don't know, because those who know aren't saying. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the health care law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Court ruling, but don’t plan to push replacement measures until after the fall elections or perhaps 2013.
Instead, GOP lawmakers cite recent announcements that some insurers will retain a few of the law’s higher-profile provisions as evidence that quick legislative action is not essential. Those are steps that officials say Republicans urged in private conversations with the industry.
Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a member of the GOP leadership, says that once the Supreme Court issues a ruling, “the goal is to repeal anything that is left standing.”