Supreme Court Can’t Save ObamaCare Mandate

Jed Graham
Investor’s Business Daily

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The fate of the individual mandate to buy health insurance may not be decided by the Supreme Court or even the 2012 elections.

Even if justices were to find it constitutional and President Obama were to win re-election, the mandate central to his signature health law still might not survive the laws of economics or the politics of deficit reduction.

As oral arguments are set to begin March 26, both Democrats and Republicans are looking to the court for vindication. But the case won’t alter their fundamental need to reach a deal over health care and the broader budget, and the mandate seems ill-suited to either goal.

Already the law would see the burden of premiums gradually shift to individuals after 2018 in a way that the Congressional Budget Office has said “may be difficult to sustain.”

Something would have to give…

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