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Monday, March 26, 2012

ACA ON TRIAL ALL WEEK; PHYSICIANS NEED END TO UNCERTAINTY

The U.S. Supreme Court today began three days of oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is among the plaintiffs urging the court to overturn the health care law. American Medical News has a nice rundown of the issues at play each day. While health care policy will continue to be a political whipping boy beyond this year’s elections, there’s no reason for physicians to be caught in the middle. First of all, we need an end to the uncertainty. We can’t plan for massive change if we don’t know what the change will be. Secondly, we need a clear voice for physicians on Capitol Hill. TMA argued against final passage of the bill, and we have regularly urged the Texas congressional delegation to follow our prescription to “Find What’s Missing. Keep What Works. Fix What’s Broken.” If our health care system is to change, as it must, we will continue to insist that lawmakers listen to practicing physicians so they can really understand what they are doing to and for you and your patients.

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