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White House: No contingency plans for health care

March 28th, 2012 3:09 pm by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the Obama administration has devised no contingency plans in the event the Supreme Court holds any portion of the health care law unconstitutional.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that after three days of oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the White House remains confident that the court will uphold the law.

Earnest said Wednesday the White House is focused on enacting all the provisions of the law, not on how to proceed if the court strikes down certain parts of the law.

Earnest faced a barrage of questions Wednesday in the face of skepticism voiced by conservative justices that indicated that the law's key provision requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance was in jeopardy.

 AP's earlier story is below.

The White House says it has "every confidence" in the solicitor general's handling of the Supreme Court debate over President Barack Obama's health care law.

In a statement, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler says Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has "ably and skillfully represented the United States before the Supreme Court." Ruemmler praised Verrilli for his "keen judgment" and "unquestionable integrity."

Verrilli is the Obama administration's official representative in front of the Supreme Court. He's tasked with arguing in favor of a mandate in the health care law that requires nearly every American to carry insurance, and he's faced tough questions from many of the justices about the constitutionality of the mandate.

Wednesday is the last of three days of arguments on the provision.

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