Healthcare upheld, next challenge: implementation
June 28th, 2012
Omaha, NE – The Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare law is “good news all the way around.” But, Dr. Juliann Sebastian added, implementing the law remains a challenge.
How will the Supreme Court’s ruling affect health care costs?
“Had the law not been upheld, the potential for increasing the cost of insurance premiums would have gone up. So this is very good news all the way around for people in general.”
How will this ruling directly affect Nebraskans?
“I think the impact on Nebraskans will be similar to the effect throughout the country. The main thing is the individual mandate really was intended as a primary mechanism to increase the number of insured individuals. And overall the focus on health care reform is focused on increasing access, which is what increasing the number of insured individuals really does.
“For us as nurses and health providers, one of the issues we are looking at is more people will be insured, which is good news. But that also means more people will require different kinds of care. Right now, many people who are uninsured cannot get care until their conditions have perhaps worsened and they seek care in emergency rooms.”
Now that the law has been upheld, what are your main concerns moving forward?
“I think that the biggest issue is, now we know health care reform has been upheld by the Supreme Court, everyone will be looking at various ways to decrease cost, various ways to provide more value for patients and the public, and how to really move forward with implementing this bill. In the last number of months, there has been uncertainty about it, and I think now that we have clarity on how to move forward, everyone will really be doing in-depth analysis and determining specific key strategies that can be used to make implementation highly successful.”
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