Aetna, UnitedHealth CEOs say reform is here to stay

The healthcare reform law is here to stay, regardless of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling or elections coming this fall. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said he expects the high court to issue a more limited ruling, keeping many parts of the law intact, Bloomberg reported. But even if Republicans win Congress and the White House in November, many of the law's regulations will survive in some form, Bertolini said at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. conference in New York.

"You'll see this big movement for repeal, but you'll very quickly hear 'replace'" he said in the article. "Nobody on either side of the aisle is willing to tell families, 'you know that 26-year-old you got covered under your policy? You can't do that anymore.' Or 'You know that kid that's survived cancer and is hitting his limits on healthcare costs? We're going to put the limits back on the kid.'"

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley agreed. If the law is ruled unconstitutional or is repealed, "the underlying currents that have driven that legislation will still be there: the need for coverage, the need to deal with costs, the need to make the healthcare system more effective," he said. Article