Republicans who try to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Act will face questions about the consequences, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Gibbs talked about Republican interest in blocking the initiatives Monday during a press briefing.
A reporter asked about the possibility that Republicans could gain a majority in the House, the Senate or both in the upcoming November elections. The reporter asked Gibbs how concerned the White House is about the effects that a change in dynamics might have on the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.
Gibbs said he expects Democrats to retain majorities in both the House and the Senate.
Some of the effects of any shift “would depend on what the numbers end up being,” Gibbs said, according to a transcript provided by the White House.
The provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are already taking effect prevent discrimination against sick people, Gibbs said.
The Affordable Care Act “allows for preventive care to be administered without charge,” Gibbs said. “We’ve extended the life of Medicare. We’ve made some tough decisions in health care that impact the deficit and debt in a positive way. Walking away from that will have real-world implications that those opponents would have to — or need to tell the American people what that would mean for real Americans.”
Similarly, the reasons for going back to the rules that the country had in place for derivatives and other risky transactions before the Dodd-Frank Act passed would be difficult to talk about, Gibbs said.
“Why you’d want to go back to the same rules that we had that caused this, versus what’s now in place to prevent something like this from happening, is, I think, a discussion that some Republicans are having with donors, but [not] necessarily with voters,” Gibbs said.