Health Care Reform: All Or Nothing?

, Posted: Wed, March 28 2012 at 4:10 PM, Updated: Wed, March 28 2012 at 4:13 PM

The big debate continued outside of the Supreme Court Wednesday, while inside the nine justices focused on a narrow issue: If they throw out the individual mandate that requires Americans to buy health insurance, should they throw out all of President Obama's health care reform?

That would mean the end of several popular provisions, including no exemptions for pre-existing conditions.

The lawyer for states opposed to "Obamacare" argued they should.

"If the individual mandate is unconstitutional, then the rest of the Act cannot stand," said Paul D. Clement.

The states, and insurance companies, say the can't afford to cover the sick if health Americans aren't also required to buy insurance.

"That's going to bankrupt the insurance companies, if not the States," Justice Antonin Scalia agreed.

Now the justices will read the written arguments for and against the affordable care act and discuss the issues with one another.

Their decision won't come until the summer.

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