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Conservative Justice Scalia: Reform without Mandate would Bankrupt Health Insurance Companies!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has come out recently saying that if the individual mandate is ruled unconstitutional, it would bankrupt health insurance companies. According to Court transcripts of the hearing on severability of the Affordable Care Act, Justice Scalia argued: “There is going to be a deficit that used to be made up by the mandatory coverage provision. All that money, has to come from somewhere…So you’re just put to the choice of, I guess bankrupting insurance companies.” (Source 1).  Bankrupting the for-profit companies of Humana, Aetna, WellPoint, Cigna, and United Healthcare might not be a bad thing as they are again under indictment for defrauding the federal government on purpose in order to get profit for their shareholders. These companies have been caught in the past doing the same thing and they have managed to defraud the government by $5 billion over the past 5 years (Source 2).

The Supreme Court is due out with their final decision very soon. They are predicted to rule against the mandate and uphold the rest of the law.

Sources:

1. http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/11-393.pdf

2. https://medaccessforamerica.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/health-insurers-fined-4-3-billion-for-medicare-fraud-and-other-fraud-violations/

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