For months now health care consumers and leaders in health care reform have awaited the pending decision by the Supreme Court on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The health care law, socially termed as Obamacare, was passed in March of 2010, and offers clear choices for consumers and provides new ways to hold insurance companies accountable. However, due to some of the provisions the health care law requires of consumers, many have deemed it unconstitutional. Because of this growing concern, the Supreme Court has decided to rule on its validity and whether to uphold all or parts of the law.
That being said, whether the Supreme Court keeps all or part of the health care law, it is unanimous amongst consumers and leaders in health care that a change in current policy must and has to be made. Health care spending is too high and contributing too much to the gross national deficit. Quality care is jeopardized by a lack of efficiency and inability to coordinate health information amongst government programs. This cannot continue, and consumers are paying the price.
Health care reform is inevitable, and necessary. Either through a bipartisan collaboration to correct current policy or a complete overhaul, change is on the horizon. The Supreme Court is scheduled to make their decision on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 and many health care professionals, consumers and insurance companies hold their breath in the mean time hoping the decision favors their social or political interests.