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What Now? How to Respond to the SCOTUS Decision on Health Care Reform

by David Kendall

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When the gavel bangs down this month and the Supreme Court issues their decision on health care reform, there will be a split second before the tsunami of reaction. Everyone will collectively be thinking… what now?

In this memo, Third Way’s Senior Fellow for Health and Fiscal Policy, David Kendall, offers advice to supporters of the landmark Affordable Care Act about reacting to the decision under three scenarios: a favorable ruling upholding the law, an unfavorable ruling striking down much of it, and a ruling striking down the individual mandate only.

No matter how the court rules, we argue that supporters of the Affordable Care Act must use this moment to go to back to basics and explain to people what they are getting in this bill—or what they are losing.

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