Health Care Ruling – A Chance to Move Forward President Obama's healthcare law emerged from its bruising two-year legal ordeal largely intact, with its primary goal of guaranteeing all Americans health security still standing. When the Supreme Court affirmed the law's constitutionality on Thursday, many forecasters were astonished. The ruling came by the slimmest of margins. But it has paved the way for an orderly rehabilitation of America’s gravely dysfunctional health care system. Most major national medical organizations -- including the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the National Physicians Alliance, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Association of American Medical Colleges -- hail the ruling as a victory. Many of these organizations have been strong supporters of the ACA since Congress passed it in 2010. Proportionately, Black, Latino and young Americans are the most un-or under-insured, but in sheer numbers, more than 23 million white Americans are uninsured and would be insured in some form or fashion under the Affordable Health Care Act and insurers would not be able to reject anyone because of pre-existing health conditions after 2014. That protection currently is extended to children under the law.
Dr. Cedric M. Bright, president of the National Medical Association (NMA), the oldest and largest medical association representing 50,000 Black physicians and their patients, said in a statement that the NMA had supported the Affordable Care Act from the beginning and that many black Americans have already seen the benefits of the measure.
“The ACA is working. More seniors can now afford their meds. Young people can stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Insurers no longer deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions, or drop people because they get sick. We are doing a better job of coordinating care, and we now have better prospects for preventing chronic disease,” Bright said.
“This is our best opportunity in a generation to overhaul our health care system. We look forward to working with the States and the Administration to ensure that the reforms are fully implemented,” he concluded. While a handful of organizations are not enthusiastic, as President Obama appropriately put it, “it’s time to move forward.” Going forward, means, taking personal responsibility for our individual health and doing our part to ensure long term healthcare justice for all Americans by making our collective voices heard at the polls in November.
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