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Providers, Payers Largely Favor PPACA Decision

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2012

"As the reform law is implemented, health plans will continue to focus on promoting affordability and peace of mind for their beneficiaries," said America's Health Insurance Plans CEO Karen Ignagni. "The law expands coverage to millions of Americans, a goal health plans have long supported, but major provisions, such as the premium tax, will have the unintended consequences of raising costs and disrupting coverage unless they are addressed. 

She pledged that health plans will continue to work with policymakers "on both sides of the aisle" to make coverage more affordable, give families and employers peace of mind and promote choice and competition."

Other reaction to the landmark decision:

• Institute for Healthcare Improvement CEO Maureen Bisognano said the decision is great for its ability to expand access to care for millions of Americans.

But that alone isn't the answer, she said. Still ahead is necessary change to achieve the so-called triple aim of "better health, better healthcare, and lower per capita cost. "With this court decision now behind us, our nation's attention should shift" to the challenging task of making our healthcare system sustainable, she said.

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R Daniel King (6/29/2012 at 4:33 PM)
First, how does an inefficient, quality challenged government agency provide the leadership in designing a path to an efficient, quality-driven health care delivery system? ObamaCare is a coffin not vehicle to the Golden Age of Medicine and it appears some are blinded by the idea that there will be more patients paying $7 for a service costing $100. What the Supremes have upheld is the right for government to limit freedoms, limit profits and dictate what medical services will be given for free. Today it is only health insurers, tomorrow everything else. Once government claims everyone has "government" insurance and cost shifting is something in the past, nothing stops CMS from limiting hospital CEO salaries based on a factor times the average nurses salary because "it's fair" and all his hospital patients now pay. How about creating profit ceilings to" make it fair" by controlling the profit range between specialist and primary care physicians? Or say that a hospital that exceeds a 5% profit threshold has to give the excess to a competing hospital that is not close to the threshold to "make it fair." We are knee deep in an entitlement culture that wants governmen to "make it fair." Which is exactly what health care leadership is presently doing, waiting for government. Remember, four Supremes found the WHOLE law unconstitutional. Roberts had to import a reference to taxes which is unprecedented. Now, there is nothing stopping government from adding the "tax" to FICA for subsidizing the uninsured poor so all your patients can pay. Remember, Democrats stated during the ObamaCare debate, "it would be so much easier if we could just tax like we do Medicare." Robert's has granted their wish. With profit controls and mandated free services on private insurers, how many do you think will be left in five years? What will be left will be "Medicare" for everyone with universal price controls, hundreds of oversight agencies and hundreds of thousands of regulations, all freedom killers, quality killers and inflation builders. The Democrats are presently on a full court press to attach anyone who makes reference to "the tax" and mandate in the same sentence, because they do not want the voters to connect the dots before November. I do not feel the tingle up my leg that the individuals in this article are feeling.