Quotes are being released fast and furiously on the Supreme Court’s healthcare reform ruling. I’ll update this as more are released.
From Andrew Litt, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences
“The U.S. healthcare system is undergoing a major transformation in response to ongoing pressures and the availability of new technologies. These changes are being driven by consumer demand and the need to reduce cost and enhance quality. New business and reimbursement models based on value – not volume – will continue to develop, and information technology is essential for improved care coordination. Providers and payers understand that by harnessing the power of IT, we can connect silos of data, improve clinical efficiency, empower patients, and accelerate innovation.”
From Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President of The New York Academy of Medicine
“Today’s decision is a victory for the health of the American People. Those who are uninsured, underinsured, and unable to afford health insurance will finally have access to key preventive services and health care they so desperately need for themselves and their families” Boufford said in a statement. “Moreover, the transformation in health policy to emphasize prevention and improve the overall health of the American people, including addressing health disparities, will continue.”
From Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD – President, American Medical Association
“The AMA remains committed to working on behalf of America’s physicians and patients to ensure the law continues to be implemented in ways that support and incentivize better health outcomes and improve the nation’s health care system.
“This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies. The expanded health care coverage upheld by the Supreme Court will allow patients to see their doctors earlier rather than waiting for treatment until they are sicker and care is more expensive. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans.
“The health reform law upheld by the Supreme Court simplifies administrative burdens, including streamlining insurance claims, so physicians and their staff can spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. It protects those in the Medicare ‘donut hole,’ including the 5.1 million Medicare patients who saved significantly on prescription drugs in 2010 and 2011. These important changes have been made while maintaining our American system with both private and public insurers.”
From The National Retail Foundation
“As the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we’re disappointed by today’s ruling. The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law. As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs.
For these reasons, NRF has been a consistent skeptic of the Affordable Care Act. NRF worked closely with lawmakers throughout the debate with the hopes that bipartisan reform would help make coverage more accessible and affordable. The law that emerged in 2010 was a controversial and partisan measure riddled with punitive mandates and penalties that were as unreasonable as they were unworkable.
Although the Court upheld the law’s constitutionality, many problems remain: it penalizes employers too much; it doesn’t do enough to reduce the cost of health care; and it is unreasonably complicated and difficult to implement and administer. This law will have a dramatic, negative impact on every employer and employee in the United States and further constrain job creation and economic growth.”
From Michael Garner, President & CEO of the Florida Association of Health Plans
“There are still many unanswered questions and issues that must be addressed now that we know the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. Like many others, we are still reading the opinion and working to ascertain its full impact on health care in Florida.
“In the coming months, we hope that any policy decisions relating to implementation of the Act are centered on individuals and employers – the purchasers of health care – and address the factors that drive up cost and, ultimately, impact quality and access to care.
“We hope to be a resource to policymakers, as they decide the ultimate path and best course of action for Florida following today’s announcement.”
From Nancy Brown – American Heart Association CEO
“The historic decision handed down today will benefit America’s heart health for decades to come. Questions about the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality have overshadowed the law’s progress. With this ruling, that uncertainty has finally been put to rest.
By upholding the law, the nation’s highest court has sent a clear message that patients should be the first priority in an ever-changing healthcare arena. The court’s action in support of the ACA helps remind us what’s really important — enabling all Americans to obtain affordable, quality healthcare. We can now build on the significant advances already achieved under the act and truly transform our healthcare system.
From Doug Ulman, President and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation
“Today, cancer survivors throughout the U.S. are celebrating. The Supreme Court ruling means they will retain protection from insurance discrimination for pre-existing conditions. Parents of young cancer survivors will continue covering their kids on their insurance until they are 26. Life-saving preventive services, like breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, will be covered with no co-pays or deductibles. The Affordable Care Act’s life-saving measures, so critical to cancer survivors and their families, will be preserved and we are enormously relieved that justice has prevailed.”