The U.S. Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision on the Obama administration's healthcare law has another purpose this week: a fundraising opportunity for the campaign committee to re-elect House Democrats.
In an e-mail to potential donors, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)—son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), a longtime supporter of universal healthcare—said Democrats will need to “redouble our efforts” if the high court strikes down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“If the court upholds the law, dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage,” Kennedy wrote. “Backed by Super PACs and shadowy front groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, they'll do everything in their power to defeat President Obama, demonize Democrats who fought for healthcare reform, and, if they win the election, dismantle the law piece-by-piece.”