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If the Supreme Court Rejects Health Care, I (And Millions Like Me) Am Screwed

I’m one of millions of young Americans who may finally be able to get health insurance in the next few years if the Affordable Care Act is not struck down.

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When the law was passed in 2010, 26 states challenged the mandate, claiming it infringed upon individual liberties. This argument, which was concocted by a few conservative thinkers despite it having little basis in existing law, made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which now may strike down the mandate or the entire law.

The Supreme Court will announce its decision any day now. My future health and that of many others will be on the line.

Yet, even if they quit their judicial activism and reach the proper conclusion, I still have to wait until 2014 for health care, and so these will be a careful next two years. Hopefully, all the alleged health benefits of red wine are true.

Alyssa Figueroa is an intern at AlterNet. She is a recent Ithaca College graduate who double-majored in journalism and politics. Follow her on Twitter @alyssa_fig.