The fate of the Affordable Health Care Act is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Lotsa luck, 50 million uninsured Americans. Don't get your hopes too high, my fellow citizens with pre-existing conditions. C'est la guerre, twenty -or- somethings who have been relying on mom and dad's insurance coverage. The outlook is grim. Alas, among the Supremes, the Conservatives tip the balance.
So where do we go from here? Well, if the mandate doesn't pass the litmus test, and, as a result, Obamacare is ---to quote Paul Clement, counsel for the Appellants---an empty shell. The law would be erased. A victim of partisan politics. A valiant step forward done in vain. Back to square one. Back to being the only developed country without a national health care system. Back to being fish in a pond for Big Insurance and PhRMA. Back to that outrageous gap in health care: outstanding for the Haves; miserable for the Have-nots. Back to all those pitiful failings that existed before Obamacare, such as the shockingly high infant mortality rate, and all the rest. Back to the emergency room-cum-doctor's office for the poor.
This is what the future holds, if the expected happens. It was a good old college try, Obamacare. But the odds were against you from the get-go. We hardly knew ye. But the fact is a 5 beats a 4 every time.