Best Opinion: Insurance Journal, Reuters, VOA
Next week, the Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama’s sweeping overhaul of the health care system. It is a massive piece of legislation, with numerous moving parts, that will have a significant impact on American society if it’s allowed to stand. Similarly, its defeat would trigger a wave of important repercussions — not only on health care, but on Congress and the November presidential election. Here, five possible ramifications if the court rejects the controversial reform law:
1. Health care reform could go back to the drawing board
If the court strikes down the entire law, it will kill a broad new entitlement “before it has a chance to take root” and fulfil its goal of bringing coverage to 30 million people who are currently uninsured, say Mark Sherman and Ricardo Alonso Zaldivar at Insurance Journal. Parts of the law that are already in effect — such as one that allows young adults under the age of 26 to remain on their parents’ coverage — would have to be “rolled back.” To address rising health care costs and to cover the uninsured, Congress will have to “roll the ball up the hill again.”
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