Whose health is important? The Supreme Court’s conservatives have priorities

With life-and-death issues at stake, several Supreme Court justices showed great concern Wednesday for a group that could suffer if the individual mandate is struck down: insurance companies.

“What would happen to the insurance industry, which would now be in the hole for $350 billion over 10 years?” Justice Samuel Alito asked.

Scalia expressed similar fears that striking the individual mandate alone was “going to bankrupt the insurance companies if not the states.”

Neither mentioned estimates that 60 percent of personal bankruptcies involve medical debt or asked about the roughly 47 million Americans who lack insurance if they get sick.

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Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.