Local Reaction to Supreme Court's Healthcare Law Decision
Here in the valley, mixed reactions Thursday to the news that the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law. Video by kmir6.comvideo
Here in the valley, mixed reactions Thursday to the news that the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law.
"I was pretty sad actually," said Amy of Rancho Mirage.
"I'm happy with it," said Kal Shenoy of Bakersfield.
Some people say this ruling can help heal America's health care system...
"I'm happy one reason, the current situation is not really working, Obama came in, tried to do something," said Shenoy.
But others say Obama's health care act harms the country.
"You know, insurance is so expensive and until we do something about how expensive it is and we do some other things, I don't think its right to tell people you're going to get taxed if you don't buy it," said Amy.
The law requires all Americans to have health insurance...
But some doctors say other parts of the law will help improve healthcare as well.
"But the other part is actually health delivery of care, which is exactly what I do, and I'm excited that these changes are happening, because I know that its a model that's proven," said Dr. Osmundo Saguil, MD, the Medical Director of Clinical Services at Desert Oasis Healthcare.
At Desert Oasis Healthcare, they say they already coordinate care, which helps improve outcomes.
"We actually make sure that the patient gets that test ordered, scheduled, and a follow up scheduled too, so by coordinating care we will actually improve the delivery of care, which will improve the health care outcome," said Dr. Saguil.
Parts of the law are already in effect, other parts are scheduled to begin in 2014.
"I think many health care providers in the valley have already started to prepare for the Affordable Health Care Act, but I think ultimately we're pleased that it was affirmed by the Supreme Court," said Richard Ramhoff, Director of Marketing at Desert Regional Medical Center.
At Desert Regional Medical Center, they are preparing for the law by collaborating with other physicians and medical providers, and with a new, more comprehensive medical record system.
"Ultimately I think from a health care provider standpoint, particularly a hospital, its good that we provide a lot of care to the uninsured, and when you get more people covered by insurance, its ultimately better for the entire system," said Ramhoff.
Local Doctor Joseph Scherge says from a medical standpoint, this is good news and feels all people are entitled to healthcare.