This summer, the Supreme Court will hand down a decision in
King v. Burwell that could have profound ramifications for the future of the
Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare. If the Supreme Court decides to rules
against the Obama Administration, defenders of the President's plan
worry that the results could be catastrophic for adults and children alike.
According to a
Washington Post blog, possible implications of a ruling against the Obama Administration in
this case include:
• A loss of insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
• A loss of coverage for 730,000 children whose parents would no
longer receive subsidies from the federal government.
• A loss of coverage for 1.1 million children if Congress fails to
provide more money to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
• A loss of coverage for up to 2 million children if lawmakers also
allow states to tighten income guidelines on Medicaid programs.
The picture painted above represents the worst case scenario for the outcome
of this case. For example, even if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare,
Congress could still decide to continue to provide increased funding for
CHIP programs, which would decrease the number of uninsured children significantly.
Nonetheless, the results of the Supreme Court’s ruling will undoubtedly
have an effect on Congress’ decision-making process.
Since nobody can accurately predict what will happen with Obamacare in
the coming year, it is important to make the most out of your insurance
coverage. If you or a member of your family is suffering from an injury
or illness, be sure to:
• Take advantage of preventative care by scheduling your appointments
as soon as possible.
• See your doctor now if you have a low deductible and you need medical
care for an injury or illness.
• Schedule any necessary testing or treatment at your earliest convenience.
When choosing medical providers, remember to choose reputable doctors with
solid histories of providing quality care. Otherwise, you may end up misdiagnosed:
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