Meet the Press | June 24, 2012
>>> final moments with our roundtable. i wish we had a second hour today there's so much news. we want to go round the table quickly. in politics, first up, what's coming down the pike this week. the supreme court and health care . here with talking points memo , the blog this morning, here's a headline, obama care supporters at odds over post- supreme court strategy. andrea, high stakes stuff this week. it's going to have a big impact on the race.
>> you know, either way , if the mandate is thrown out by the supreme court this week, the left and liberal supporters of the president say they're going to make it a huge issue. any way you look at it, it is a huge defeat for this administration. this is the signature policy of the president.
>> let's review. they can uphold, they could strike down. they could strike down the individual mandate or they could strike that down plus that severability argument where they strike down things like guaranteeing that insurance companies have to cover people with pre-existing conditions. this is what speaker boehner said this week in a memo to republicans about what happens when the supreme court acts. he said, no one knows what the court will decide. but if the court strikes down all or part of the president's health care law , there will be no spiking of the ball. republicans are focused on the economy, we will not celebrate at a time when millions of our fellow americans remain out of work. well, congressman, there's no question that republicans will make this a part of the fall choice.
>> well, if they strike down the entire bill then some of the things that we all agreed on should be dealt with will be first and foremost.
>> pre-existing conditions?
>> pre-existing conditions.
>> keeping young people on their parents until 26?
>> well, an age to be determined, and a status to be determined. but absolutely. there will be a need, a bipartisan need for a group of us, particularly those on ways and means to get together and say, okay, what is it we can cobble together from what we do agree on with our democratic colleagues, and put back in. because, all along we said, real problems, this isn't the solution. if this goes away, we still have to start dealing with the problems.
>> governor, i'm told, by the way, that the white house expects as early as tomorrow it could add a wednesday session to announce it, or, of course, on thursday. just for those planning their viewing at home. what do you say about all this?
>> well, i think it's a huge defeat if the supreme court strikes any part down, even just the individual mandate to the american people . just this week, several million kids got their health insurance . i think there's going to be a real uproar against a politicized supreme court . you know, here they're making political decisions. this is a clear constitutional issue. the interstate commerce clause of the congress dictates that this can happen. it's got to energize the democratic base. and that is important. for the president --
>> that's the only upside that i can see here if it is struck down that finally progressives who have been grumbling quite a bit about president obama could find something to rally around if it is struck down. but andrea's right. there's no question, this is one more issue where the president will have been rebuked, talked about, the credit rating of the country, being downgraded. the president's signature first time accomplishment, being struck down by the court. this were a rebuke to a sitting president it's symbolically in that way it would be hurtful