Monday, April 30, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
With the Supreme Court having ruled that officials may strip search people arrested for any offense, it would not be surprising if the justices deem the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
Their concern for the health of the insurance industry is as understandable as their concern for government-mandated broccoli or for giving corporations the same status as people.
A negative ruling would allow insurance companies to continue to refuse coverage for pre-existing conditions and cap reimbursements to victims of catastrophic illnesses. American taxpayers would continue to foot the bills for the uninsured.
Tens of millions of uninsured Americans would remain without coverage, and that number would grow as corporate “people” discontinue medial coverage to employees due to rising insurance costs. And, of course, seniors would continue to cope with the doughnut hole in their prescription coverage.
It seems as if the court is performing out of the Republican playbook. Should the Affordable Care Act be declared unconstitutional, the next move could possibly be to declare Medicare and Social Security as “government mandates” and therefore just as unconstitutional.