Make YOUR Voice Heard on the Supreme Court's Health Care Reform Decision!
Passed in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known as the "Affordable Care Act" or the "ACA") sought to expand access, improve quality, and control health care costs. Today the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the health care law, including a specific decision on whether it is constitutional for the ACA to require Americans to obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, what is commonly referred to as the individual mandate.
The Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate is constitutional, not under the Commerce Clause, but as an exercise of the government's taxing power. Unfortunately, the health care law's significant expansion of Medicaid was limited by today's decision. The Court held the Constitution requires that states have a choice about whether to participate in the expansion of Medicaid eligibility and, if states decide not to participate, Congress does not have the power to penalize those states. Under the ruling, states will still receive their current Medicaid funds even if they opt out of Medicaid expansion, which may lead to many states opting out of this program.
In the wake of this decision, make your voice heard as a physician-in-training by submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper!
Both a template letter and talking points are provided. You can edit the letter itself and add talking points to the body of the letter as they reflect your views on this historic decision. If you choose to add talking points, please take care to add them where they flow with the rest of the letter.
Enter your zip code below and select the local paper to which you'd like to submit your letter. The more local the paper, the more likely it is your letter to the editor will be selected. Please choose only one paper.
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