If Obamacare falls

April 2, 2012 by MassDevice

Obama and health care

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Until last week, the government's confidence on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seemed all but certain.   Now, they're not so sure it might stand.  

Of course, most American's are wondering: "Okay, if it gets repealed, then what?"

First, it is unlikely things will change right away.  Many of the changes we've seen in health care with funding of the electronic medical record and forcing the collaboration between doctors and hospitals were created by the earlier economic "Stimulus" package funding, not the PPACA.

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But for those of us involved in health care, a whole host of opportunities arise for our health care system if the PPACA falls.  It is no secret that the biggest problem of our health care system is its rising cost relative to inflation.  While the constitutionality of Obamacare may become its immediate undoing, the continued runaway costs that were not managed by the creation of such a gigantic new system would have eventually destroyed our health care system (and perhaps our economy) anyway.  Already, new 10-year cost estimates far exceed original estimates.

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