Cleveland Clinic on Affordable Care Act

Today, the 5-4 Supreme Court Ruling in favor of the “Affordable Care Act” upheld the individual health insurance mandate as tax.

The decision will require most Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage. CLEVELAND CLINIC President and CEO, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, says the law will ultimately change the face of healthcare.

CG: Dr. Toby Cosgrove/Cleveland Clinic

“I’m really pleased that we’ve seen the healthcare law held up. I think that what this means is that we’re moving ahead, we’re continuing on a journey of reforming healthcare in the United States . We’re addressing access for people who haven’t had access before. We’re beginning to address quality and developing a more efficient healthcare delivery system. I think one of the things I’d like to see more of however is more emphasis on wellness and reducing the incidence of chronic diseases that we see, secondary to behavior.”

THE  HEALTH CARE LAW ALSO INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT BAR INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM DENYING COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, REQUIRES INSURERS TO COVER CHILDREN IN FAMILY PLANS UNTIL THEY ARE 26 YEARS OLD, AND INCLUDES A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF THE FEDERAL MEDICAID PROGRAM.

 

 DR. COSGROVE SAYS CHANGE IS NEEDED.

 

 

 

CG: Dr. Toby Cosgrove/Cleveland Clinic

“We started out with a healthcare system that was really designed for the 1950’s, a different set of diseases, different things we could do for patients and a different level of sophistication that we can bring to patient’s problems. All that’s changed now. We have a bigger population. We have an older population. We have more things we can do for people. Now we have to change the system in order to accommodate those changes.”

 

DR. COSGROVE HOPES TODAY’S DECISION WILL HELP TO CLEAR UP SOME OF THE CONFUSION OVER THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE.

CG: Dr. Toby Cosgrove/Cleveland Clinic

“I’m delighted we finally have a decision. It’s taken one more unknown out of the equation. For a long time we haven’t known what the rules of the game are, now we’re starting to know the rules of the game and that’s going to continue over a long period of time as we understand the law better, but we’ve got the first steps.“

 

  http://www.clevelandclinic.org

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