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  • GOP divided as Supreme Court ruling on health care law nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson was elected to Congress in 2010 as an adamant foe of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Yet facing a Supreme Court decision that could disrupt how that law functions, the Wisconsin Republican is among many in the GOP who want Congress to react with caution.

    If the plaintiffs prevail in the Republican-supported case, the justices could annul federal subsidies helping around 7.7 million people afford coverage in more than 30 states. Republicans broadly agree that Congress should respond by temporarily replacing that aid, aware that abruptly ending it would anger millions of voters before next year's presidential and congressional elections.

    "Neither politically nor practically can we end those" subsidies, said Johnson, who faces a potentially tough re-election next year. "So let's just recognize those realities. Let's set up the 2016 election as the contest, the discussion, the debate" over repealing the law.

    And while Republicans say they are dedicated to repealing the law, they remain divided over how to respond once the court rules. Johnson's is among five GOP proposals — and counting — suggested so far, and none have won a consensus.
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    The GOP should ignore that mess and hope the Supreme Court does eliminate the subsidies. Most of the people it will effect are Democrats and the least likely of Democrats to vote. Besides, the election is more than a year away and voters will have forgotten about that by then having moved on to some other shiny object like what Kim Kardashian is wearing this week...

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