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Ilisa Halpern Paul Comments on Landmark SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision

July 2, 2012
Washington, D.C., Managing Government Relations Director Ilisa Halpern Paul spoke to the media in the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States’ landmark ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday, June 28, the high court ruled 5-4 that President Obama’s signature health-care reform legislation, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional.

Speaking to the Washingtonian, Ilisa emphasized that “[t]his is not the period at the end of the sentence.” She continued, “I would say it’s an ellipsis, a ‘to-be-continued.’”

The Seattle Times noted that Congress is highly unlikely to repeal the entire 2010 federal health-care law this year, and it's going to be difficult to do it next year, even if Mitt Romney wins the presidency. Republicans’ best hope for change is likely to be an effort to gradually dismantle the law piece by piece.

"What you're looking at is a Whac-A-Mole approach rather than full-scale repeal," said Ilisa.

Ilisa also told the Kansas City Star that the ruling’s impact on the upcoming presidential election will be overshadowed by the economy and jobs.

“Americans don't like the current health law, but they don't like the current health care system either,” Ilisa said.

The stories also appeared in several other newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee and the Charlotte Observer.

To read the Washingtonian article, click here.

To read the Seattle Times article, click here.