Congress Eyes Health Law Alternatives

Congress will need a Plan B if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate.

In his State of the Union address President Obama expressed a willingness to work with Congress to make changes in the health reform law.

But any changes he signs off on are likely to be minor, such as repealing a 1099 reporting requirement for businesses that has been universally assailed and has nothing to do with health care. The law passed last March is the signature accomplishment of his first term and he has no intention of giving in to Republican lawmakers who want to repeal it or chip away at some of its major provisions.

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Martha Lynn Craver
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter