Even though there is a very good chance the Supreme Court could rule against some or all of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration seems to have done nothing to prepare Democrats in Congress for this eventuality, according to Politico.
Congressional Democrats who wrote Barack Obama’s health care plan into law say they’re getting virtually no guidance from the White House on how to deal with the fallout if the Supreme Court overturns any part of the law.
There have been no meetings, no phone calls and no paper exchanged with the administration, according to Democratic lawmakers and staff. The top aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, David Krone and John Lawrence, did meet with the White House’s chief congressional lobbyist, Rob Nabors, last week to discuss a variety of issues.
But Nabors didn’t provide any information on how the president plans to approach the court’s ruling, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
I find this profoundly strange and very disconcerting. Even if the White House thinks it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will rule against them, which they shouldn’t at this point, there should always be a Plan B. When dealing with any issue at this high level, there should always be contingency plans to deal with even a remote possibility that has serious implications.
It is true there is little Democrats in Congress could actually do legislatively, but I would think the Obama administration would at least want the party on the same page. I would think they would want to project confidence and unity instead of appearing like the party is in disorder or chaos after a defeat.
The active refusal to have a plan B seems to have dominated the White House’s entire handling of health care reform since day one. They had no back up plan when it became clear the Gang of Six talks were failing. They seemed to have never planned for the possibility of Scott Brown winning in Massachusetts. They had no plan for dealing with the law becoming deeply unpopular. They also made no effort to change, replace or supplement the individual mandate during drafting to protect it from an expected legal challenge by Republicans.
After being caught flat footed so many times on this one issue, the continued apparent refusal to create contingency plans is just bizarre. This crosses the thin line from projecting confidence to just appearing delusional.