Participate in a poll on SCOTUS Obamacare rulingby Denise Early on Jun. 23, 2012, under Health
Is everyone waiting on the edge of their seat waiting to hear the Supreme Court’s decision(s) on Obamacare?
My ultra-conservative sister sends me emails from time to time to torment me. On Friday she sent me a link to a story on Howard Dean saying the mandate should never have been part of the health care reform law – and that the law does not need the mandate. Dean is the former Democratic Governor of Vermont and critic of the mandate – as well as a proponent for a single-payer system.
Here’s what I wrote back to my sister:
As Howard Dean said, the mandate is the one thing people do not like about the Affordable Care Act. They probably like many other parts of the law (if they even know about them), especially things like:
*requiring insurance companies to spend 80-85% of premiums on claims
*allowing kids up to 26 to stay on parents’ policies.
*requiring insurance policies to cover preventive screenings and annual physicals at no cost to the insured
*outlawing crappy min-med policies
*eliminating lifetime caps on how much health insurance policies will cover
All of these parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect, and I’ve met people who have been positively affected by each of these changes.
I don’t see how SCOTUS throws out the mandate but allows the rest to stand, because of the requirement that insurance companies accept everyone starting in 2014. As Howard Dean said, the mandate wasn’t really necessary – but who knows how many people will choose not to get insurance if they aren’t pushed. It is going to cost people money (with many getting help from the government). Insurance companies would probably freak out and be pushing to stop that part of the law if it survives.
What do you think?
Will SCOTUS throw out out the Affordable Care Act entirely?