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Administration officials have been attending meetings with groups that support his reform, strategizing about how to respond when the court rules. 

“The best way to demonstrate public outrage or public celebration about the decision is to stage an event that shows average people actually responding to the news,” said a May planning memo obtained by Bloomberg News from an official at the Herndon Alliance, a coalition that supports Obama’s reform.

At a White House forum June 11 for seniors, a top Obama aide made clear that she’s thought about the “what ifs.”

The changes already in place “are terribly important to people’s lives, now,” said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She spoke of the popular provisions that pay for the coverage gap for prescription drugs under Medicare and allow young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance.

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have both been gaming out scenarios. The House Republican leadership put out talking points on what to say if the Supreme Court throws out some or all of the law.  

“Unless the court throws out the entire law, we need to repeal what is left of Obamacare and enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost,” said the memo.

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