Affordable Care Act Drama Hits Final Days

| by Michael Allen

The Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare,' is expected to be ruled on this week by the U.S. Supreme Court, in what some observers say will be the most historic decision since Bush vs. Gore, which decided the 2000 election.

At issue is whether or not the U.S. government can force people to buy a product, in this case, health insurance.

Most Republicans are hoping Obamcare will be tossed out and cause President Obama a high-profile political loss months before the November election.

Even Democrats seem to be resigned to the possiblity that some parts of Obamacare might be ruled unconstitutional by the high court.

The White House is rumored to be working on a contigency plan to replace parts of Obamacare if the law is struck down.

How do the American people feel about Obamacare? A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that while 56 percent of Americans oppose the law as a whole, most back its key provisions:

61 percent of respondents favored allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.

72 percent of respondents wish to maintain the requirement that companies with more than 50 workers provide health insurance for their employees.

82 percent of respondents favored banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

In recent weeks, some Republicans [Rep. Allen West  and Sen. Roy Blunt] have even come out in support of the most popular Obamacare provisions.

UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, has announced that it will preserve a provision of the health care law that allows young adults to stay on their family health care plans up to age 26, even if the Supreme Court rules the law unconstitutional.

Some of the provisions of Obamacare have not yet kicked in.

Beginning in 2014, insurers can no longer deny insurance to families or individuals with pre-existing conditions. And insurers are also prohibited from placing lifetime limits on the dollar value of coverage and rescinding insurers except in cases of fraud.