Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D) was at the University City Science Center on Monday to urge educators, government personnel and business people to work together on innovative technology - much of it life-science oriented - to help create more jobs.

But Casey's brethren in Washington have hardly played nice on the national health care plan. Though a few Republicans voted for passage of the Affordable Care Act that became law in March 2010, repealing the law is now one of the GOP's oft-stated goals. The Republicans say they will do so if they recapture the White House and/or both houses of Congress. The other method is challenging the law in the Supreme Court, which might hear the case in this term, probably in the spring or summer.

Casey hopes civic-minded and long-term bottom-line-oriented business people and citizens will give the new health care law a chance to prove its worth. He said he also hopes the Supreme Court does not strike down the law entirely or the provision requiring people to buy health insurance. That provision spreads the risk and cost among more citizens.

"If that were to happen, we'd be back at square one," Casey said of needing a national health care plan because the current one is unsustainable because of the costs. "I would hope that it would not lead to paralysis.

"If the court were to overturn it in total, I would hope we would get a bipartisan consensus on moving parts of it forward because the worst thing we could do is throw up our hands and say, 'We can't reach a bipartisan agreement on health care.' We've shown we can do that. I don't want to contemplate them overturning the whole law, but if they do, we have to start over."