Sunday, July 8, 2012

Corporations score another Supreme Court victory - Columbia Missourian

 Affordable Care Act ruling won't heal our ailing health system.
As a physician, I find it very odd that the debate over the Affordable Care Act has focused on the effect the law will have on the presidential election rather than the impact it will have on patients, health professionals and health outcomes.

 The Supreme Court case reinvigorated the debate over the Obama administration's 2010 health care reform law. But we're still getting partisan talking points instead of an honest review of the changes that are in store. This will likely worsen as we get closer to Election Day.
The new law is based on concepts developed by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney passed a very similar law for his state when he was the governor of Massachusetts. So while most Democrats are celebrating the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act and Romney is saying he'd repeal it, consider this: Had a Republican passed this federal law, we would have the opposite situation.

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