Administration Argues Health Law Can Survive

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsLast week, the Obama administration told the Supreme Court nearly all of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul can survive if the court declares unconstitutional the law’s centerpiece provision requiring health coverage.

Administration attorneys argued in a written brief that all but two provisions can be separated from the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty by 2014, the law’s cornerstone known as the individual mandate.  Officials argue 26 states and the independent business group challenging the law have failed to show that Congress would have wanted the entire law to fall in the event the individual mandate was struck down.

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