Of course, it will be impossible to know what the future of American health care coverage will look like until the Supreme Court does hand down its much-anticipated ruling.
"If the mandate goes away, that's one thing. If the mandate doesn't go away, that's another thing," said Russo.
Ron Pollack is executive director of Families USA and a lawyer who has argued cases before the Supreme Court. He said: "If the Supreme Court decides that the individual responsibility provision is not constitutional then they have to decide should this have any effect on any other part of the statute. Of the four courts that have issued rulings, three of them did not in any way invalidate the individual responsibility provision, and the one court that [did] also upheld that other provisions of the statute should not be affected by the ruling.
"While my own presumption is that the Affordable Care Act will be upheld in its entirety to be constitutional, one of the things I've learned is that you never hazard a guess," he added.
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SOURCES: Michael Russo, health care policy analyst, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Washington, D.C.; John Goodman, Ph.D., president, National Center for Policy Analysis, Washington, D.C.; Ron Pollack, executive director, Families USA, Washington, D.C.
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