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  •  The worst has already happened..... (6+ / 0-)

    ....but it is about to get worser. They have the majority they need. It's a 5/4 world on the Supreme Court.  And anyone who thinks they will have any inhibitions about striking down the individual mandate is deluded. And, there is no need to strike down the rest. It will die of its own accord as without the mandate, all else becomes unaffordable.

    I am just surprised that the court didn't ask for further briefing on this question: "If the Act is struck down, is there any reason social security, medicare and all governmental social problems should not be stricken as well?"

    •  Except (5+ / 0-)

      The insurance industry loves the individual mandate. Obamacare saved the insurance industry and as greedy as they are, they are still smart enough to realize that. Rejecting the Affordable Care Act in its entirety is tantamount to signing the death warrant for the insurance industry and all of the industries that depend on its existence. As much as they wish otherwise, we are reaching the end of what companies and individuals can afford to pay. On the current trajectory, minus the reform, the industry will implode within a decade.

      •  That won't result in a different opinion.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....from the Supreme Court. I have no idea what the insurance industry will do to save itself, although it is already doing some of that: Paying pennies on the dollar for services and telling hospitals to take it or leave it.

        One thing the insurance industry won't do is support comprehensive health care reform.

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