President Obama is not interested in any Republican legislation put forth as a solution to a Supreme Court decision expected at the end of the month that could strike a fatal blow to Obamacare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Wednesday.
Burwell referred specifically to Sen. Ron Johnson's bill that would extend subsidies under Obamacare until August 2017 while repealing the law's individual and employer mandates.
"With regard to the Johnson piece of legislation, that piece of legislation, from our perspective, is repeal," Burwell said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. "It actually takes away subsidies from all over time. "¦ That is a bill that, from our perspective, is repealing. We've spoken to the issue, something that repeals the Affordable Care Act" is not something the president will sign.
"The president has said he will not sign something that repeals the act," she said.
And then when asked about other proposals put forth thus far:
"At this point, we have not seen something that addresses the specific issue in question," Burwell said.
The case in question, King v. Burwell, is brought by conservatives opposed to ACA. It challenges the legality of subsidies offered on federally established exchanges, which are received by 6.4 million people.