There are a few different likely outcomes that will come of the Supreme Court’s decision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
1. Striking down the entire bill
If the Supreme Court determines that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and cannot be separated from the rest of the bill, the entire bill will be unraveled from its core.
2. Striking down the individual mandate, but keeping other parts of the bill (including or not including guaranteed issue and community rating).
If the Supreme Court decides that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, but that it can be separated from the rest of the bill, much of the bill could be left in tact.
3. Upholding the bill altogether
The Supreme Court could very well uphold that the mandate, along with the rest of the bill, is constitutional.
So, when will we know? Toward the end of June in 2012 the Supreme Court will announce its decision.
Want to listen to the oral arguments by the Supreme Court on the issues? Visit my Utah blog to listen.
For a more in-depth analysis of the possible outcomes, read “Awaiting the Court’s Decision on Healthcare” by David Merritt.
What do you predict will happen?
by Jared Balis