The U.S. Supreme Court finds itself in a bit of a quandary, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, as the court is "expected to decide later this month whether to strike all or portions of the law, Obama's signature domestic policy achievement that was passed in 2010."
David Lazarus at the Los Angeles Times reported Monday, "I'm checking my pulse as I write these words: UnitedHealth Group, the largest U.S. health insurer by market value, says it will maintain some of the changes in President Obama's healthcare reform law even if it's struck down by the Supreme Court," noting that, "It's not every day that a health insurer is deserving of consumers' praise. This is one of them."
“The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising health care costs. These provisions make sense for the people we serve, and it is important to ensure they know these provisions will continue,” Stephen J. Hemsley, president and CEO of UnitedHealth Group, said in a news release on Monday. “These provisions are compatible with our mission and continue our operating practices.” UnitedHealth Group, based in Minnetonka, Minn., is the largest U.S. health insurer by market value.
"UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna all said Monday that they will continue to cover preventive care such as immunizations and screenings without requiring patients to pay a set fee called a co-payment," the Washington Post reported. "They also said they’d still cover adult children up to age 26 through their parents’ insurance plans. Additionally, they all pledged to continue to offer a simple process for patients who want to appeal when their health insurance claims have been denied."
"The statements by the insurers are the clearest evidence that measures of the law that have already been implemented may outlive the statute itself," said David Cutler, an economics professor at Harvard University who helped policy makers draw up the Massechusetts health-care law that formed the basis for President Barack Obama's national policy, Bloomberg reported, "You can take away the law, but you can't take away what's gone on since," Cutler, who advised Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, said in a Bloomberg interview in Washington. "The idea that you're going to wipe away Obamacare is both not practical and not even what anyone wants to do."
Rachel Lowry is a reporter intern for the Deseret News.