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Some patients' fate could hinge on Supreme Court
Nearly 62,000 'uninsurable' patients could lose coverage if the health care law is overturned
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's health care law, it wouldn't just be politicians dealing with the fallout.

Nearly 62,000 patients with serious medical conditions would be out of luck.

They're the "uninsurables," people turned away by insurance companies because of medical problems but covered through a little-known program in the law called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. The plan would have to shut down if the entire law is invalidated.

Cancer patient Kathy Thomas is worried she'll be uninsured again without the program. The Florida small businesswoman credits the coverage for saving her life this year when she had to be hospitalized with a serious respiratory infection.

"Without it, I would have been dead March 2," she says.

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