The Obama administration said will implement parts of its health care law, even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down major portions of the legislation.
The high court is set to release its decision in coming days, and it may strike down the whole law or just the individual mandate that requires Americans to buy health care insurance.
If only the mandate is struck down, that will still leave in place a major expansion of Medicaid and federal tax credits to help people purchase insurance.
Critics say those policies will lead to a huge increase in the federal debt.
But the administration said it is moving forward to put those policies in place no matter what the court decides.
"We do believe it's constitutional, and we ... hope and expect that's the decision the court will render," senior adviser David Plouffe told ABC News on Sunday.
"We obviously will be prepared for whatever decision the court renders," he said.
Administration officials have declined to discuss contingency plans to avoid creating the impression that the president is preparing for a high court rebuke.