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Politically Speaking: Supreme Court ruling on health law will rock political world to day, Thursday Jun 28, 2012

Wednesday has been full of heightened anticipation for the expected Thursday morning U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform measures wrapped into the Affordable Care Act. The Sioux City Journal website will offer a live blog as the ruling unfolds, incorporating professionals who are versed in the health care field.

As Tom Petty sang, the waiting is the hardest part.

It feels like a day in a holding pattern, where what the presidential candidates and vice president Joe Biden, who is campaigning in eastern Iowa, say is secondary to prepping for the important job of reporting on the court ruling. One school of thought is that by waiting until the end of June (many rulings on important cases came out earlier this month), the justices are writing the multiple opinions and dissents that come with a split decision.

Politico just released a piece that reveals Republican Party talking points on the upcoming ruling. Some of the items included are things U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, voiced a week ago in a conference call with Iowa reporters on the upcoming court ruling.

According to Politico, Republicans are prepared for four possible scenarios:

“If the law that the GOP calls ‘Obamacare’ is upheld, Republicans will step up their calls to repeal the entire law and make the claim that the law is ‘making things worse’ and hurting small businesses.

“If the entire law is struck down, they will argue that the ruling will underscore the need for new leadership in the White House since it ‘clears the way’ to enact ‘step- by-step’ reforms to ‘protect Americans’ access to the care they need, form the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.’

“If the individual mandate is upheld, Republicans will point to comments made by Democratic Sens. Max Baucus, Jeff Bingaman and Al Franken and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer questioning whether the law would work without it. And they will make the same point if the court rejects the mandate along with a series of health insurance reforms, including ones that are popular, such as the prohibition against those with pre-existing conditions.”

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