A Remarkable Day in Healthcare

June 28, 2012

It is a remarkable day in healthcare in America. The Affordable Care Act is largely upheld and millions of people can stop holding their breath. Whether you were in support of the law or opposed to it, you now know where things stand in the legal system. And, it is good.

Millions of people who have not been able to get health coverage will now be able to get it; health innovations will continue with secure funding; health insurance exchanges will move forward in many states; providers and health plans can plan for reforms and implement new approaches. In short, change will now accelerate toward more coverage, higher quality care, and new delivery systems.

Yes, the political process continues and things could still change. But in the meantime even more will be accomplished, making it harder to undo what has been done.

The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law. But it is so much better than what we have without it. The court’s decision and careful deliberation affirms that our form of government works, balancing competing views in a fair and thoughtful manner. It is, indeed, a remarkable day in health care.