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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting for the Court

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will deliver it long-awaited decision on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).   The court could declare the entire law unconstitutional or only the part of it dealing with the individual mandate, in which people are required to buy health insurance or pay a fine.  Of course, the court could also uphold the law in its entirety.  In any event, there are certain features of the law that are popular, such as maintaining children on their parent's health insurance up to age 26, or forbidding insurance companies to deny insurance on the basis of pre-existing conditions.  Republicans are starting to worry about how to retain the act's popular features if parts of the law are declared unconstitutional (see The Dog that Caught the Car).

Tomorrow the Court will tell us all
If Obamacare is truly law
Or if the whole thing must be junked
Or only parts of it have flunked.
The GOP is hoping that
The law will be rejected flat,
But there are parts most people like
And so they will have to strike
A deal to see what to retain
Although it goes against their grain.
But here is an amusing quirk:
Without the mandate it won't work.

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