The healthcare law, under review by the Supreme Court, establishes a series of reforms over several years, including banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, forbidding insurers from setting a dollar limit on health coverage payouts, and requiring insurers to cover preventative care at no additional cost.
It requires individuals to buy health insurance through their employers or a state-sponsored exchange, or face a fine beginning in 2014.
Twenty-six states, led by Florida, say individuals cannot be forced to buy insurance. They argue that if that provision is unconstitutional, the entire law must go.
We do not know if the law will be upheld as constitutional, found unconstitutional in its entirety or whether parts will be found constitutional and other parts found to be unconstitutional.
We will all await Thursday’s verdict.