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US insurance firms vow to retain some health reforms regardless of court ruling on act

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4254
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Three large US health insurance companies said that they would keep some key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law passed in March 2010,1 regardless of what the Supreme Court decides in the challenge to the constitutionality of the act.

The court will rule on the constitutionality of the health reform law by the end of June.2 It may declare the entire act constitutional or unconstitutional, or it may declare only parts of the act unconstitutional.

United Healthcare, which covers about 36 million people, took the lead. It said the protections were effective …

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