I am very pleased the the Supreme Court ruled in favor of "Obama Care." It is very telling that Chief Justice Roberts swung the vote. This is a critical step in the effort to bring affordable health care to every American.
Do not be bamboozled by the false rhetoric claiming death panels, the lack of affordability, socialized medicine etc. None of this is true. What is true is that we cannot afford to leave more than 25% of Americans unable to afford their health care. It has already affected the quality of life for American families.
Challenges that lie ahead include bringing down administrative costs, loosening the grip of private health insurers, and reeling in profiteering by insurance companies, hospitals, other providers, and, I am sorry to say, many doctors.
Many know I advocate for "Medicare for All" and also support a public option, and the prior efforts to provide Medicare for everyone over 55 years of age. Whether in agreement or not, educate yourself to the issues for a sensible opinion.
America suffers as 17th in health outcomes among the industrialized nations. Some 45,000 will die this year due to inequity in our health care system. Obama has been the first President to accomplish the feat of universal health care; he should be congratulated. Tens of thousands of lives will be saved and millions will avoid the disability of untreated chronic illness. Universal health care is long
overdue. As a physician I support Obama's efforts 100%. We can afford it. Cost
containment through regulation is the next step. We can be proud that in a few
years American families will be able to receive needed equitable health care.
Its good for the country, the education of our children, and the workplace. Direct questions or comments to the blog or firstname.lastname@example.org.