Congress also designed everything in the law to be inextricably linked, the plaintiffs argue, so if the individual mandate is gone, the rest of the law should fall, too.
Of course, just as it acted to zero out the mandate, Congress had the opportunity to destroy the rest of the law. Instead, lawmakers voted, many times, not to do so. For this and other reasons, even conservative legal scholars who oppose Obamacare have dismissed the case as baloney.
But lower courts agreed with the plaintiffs, and the question has reached the Supreme Court. A range of outcomes is possible, depending on whether President Trump gets another court pick confirmed in time, and whether justices vote as they have in prior challenges to the law.
Obamacare’s destruction, in whole or in part, could wreak havoc and financial ruin.
If the ACA were struck down, its protections for people with preexisting conditions
Frontline medical workers battling the coronavirus are suffering from stress and depression, according to the largest study of health care professionals at the height of the pandemic in New York City.
“Right now in COVID, the idea of being the health care hero, really adds this increased burden on individuals,” said Dr. Marwah Abdalla, who conducted the study.
Nearly half the people surveyed saw depressive symptoms, while 57% had acute stress and nearly 75% experienced insomnia. CBS News’ Dr. Tara Narula spoke with doctors and nurses across the country to hear how they are coping with trauma while watching millions of patients experience their own.
Dr. Tsion Firew, M.D., New York
Dr. Tsion Firew is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University in New York City — what had once been