insurance, medicine, primary care

Because everyone is asking me what I think…

…here it is.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that today the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.  They upheld that the federal government does have a right to require citizens to purchase health insurance.

The question everyone has been asking me today is “What do I think of ObamaCare?”

My answer is, “I don’t know.”  Sorry to disappoint you.  That’s my answer.  Not because I’m uninformed on the subject, because I’m not.  Here is the reason why- I am interested in health care reform that will bring quality health care to my patients at an affordable cost.  Will the ACA allow that?  I don’t know.  No one knows.  We won’t know for several years.

Today’s decision only ruled on the individual mandate to purchase insurance.  Overall, I think this decision was the right one.  I’ll trust the SCOTUS on the specifics- they’re the experts on constitutional law.  From a health care provider point of view, I think everyone should have health insurance.  The only way there’s a prayer of that being affordable for everyone is for all people to have to purchase it.  The individual mandate has the ability to potentially lower costs, by spreading out the risk and bringing down premiums.  The ACA, in theory, does provide a way for all Americans to have health insurance, which is a good thing.  Will it work in real life?  Only time will tell.

 I will tell you one thing, in no uncertain terms.  Things have to change.  One way or another, the health care system needs to change.  It is no longer sustainable.  Will the ACA be the way to do it?  We’ll know in about 5 years.  Until then, I’m reserving judgment.

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