Shortly, the Supreme Court will begin deliberating the fate of the health care reform law (Obamacare). One of the key provisions of the law concerns the individual mandate– the requirement that everyone purchase insurance or face penalties.
I have commented on this particular issue in a previous post.
In addition the the very constitutionality of the law, the Supreme Court will also decide whether the rest of the law will stand if the individual mandate is overturned. This principle is called “severability”.
So we might wind up with an all or none decision- if the individual mandate goes, so does the requirement that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions. So does the prohibition against setting the price of an insurance policy based in part on gender.
So here is my question: on an all-or-none basis, should we keep the health reform law or repeal it? What do you think?