The second issue is that the White House keeps saying that it is not working on a Plan B if the mandate were to be struck down. Some have suggested that the president could pursue a state-by-state strategy this fall, or propose alternative legislation that focuses on cutting costs instead of mandating access, both of which would likely be agreeable to Republicans. But it's looking increasingly clear that the strategy instead will be to attack the court and energize the liberal base still upset about the Bush v. Gore and Citizens United decisions. Having no Plan B for reining in rising healthcare costs creates even more uncertainty for small businesses, healthcare providers, and women making healthcare decisions for their families.
So while the left follows the president's lead by attacking the Supreme Court and Republicans in Congress, diverting attention away from the economy and toward contraception, women are watching and listening. The party that puts forth a plan for an efficient, stronger, smaller government that protects our most vulnerable, yet doesn't bankrupt the next generation or take away its freedoms, will win women over. In the long run, President Obama has a far bigger problem with that than the Republicans do.
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