Supreme Court to deliver health care verdict Thursday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict Thursday on President Barack Obama's health care law.

Their decision will have a major impact on the presidential race, and your medical care in the future.

Dr. Georges Benjamin is executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's largest organization of medical professionals. He gathered hundreds in our area together today to talk change, and, for us, he laid out what could happen to the system.

The court could uphold the law and require most people to have health insurance. Benjamin says in that case, it'll simply be something you have to have.

"Just like death and taxes," he said.

On the other hand, the court could strike down the entire law, which would mean uncertainty for the economy.

"The market's going to respond negatively," Benjamin said. "People are going to lose their jobs."

Or, the court could strike down the individual requirement, and leave the rest.

But Benjamin says that would defeat the purpose driving it.

"It's going to be very hard to get more people covered," he said.

And President Obama has said his number one goal is to get more people insured.

Another possibility is that the court could just throw out the expansion of Medicaid.

"Yeah, that would be a heartless decision," Benjamin said.