Where’s It All Headed?
“If ‘con’ is the opposite of pro, then isn’t Congress the opposite of progress?” Jon Stewart Political satirist, comedian, television host of “The Daily Show”
“If you can’t beat ’em, report ’em to Homeland Security. They will beat them for you.”
Eeric Truumees, MD
Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center,
Brackenridge University Hospital
“Just because a couple of people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘consti-
tutional’ does not make it so.”
Rand Paul, MD
Opthalmologist and US Senator, R-KY
As all of you know by now, the PPACA largely passed the Supreme Court’s
constitutionality challenge. But, most of us
are still asking, what does it really mean for
practicing spine care physicians and their
patients? While ideologues on the right and
left are predicting doom or a glorious new
medical dawn respectively, the reality is that
we don’t really know yet.
How Did We Get Here?
While most of the country’s reaction to
the PPACA is strictly divided along party
lines, an objective observer would caution
that both Democratic exuberance and Re-
publican doom-saying are misplaced. At
best, this legislation is a step in the right
direction of improving the coverage of both
currently insured and uninsured Ameri-
cans. At worst, the PPACA will add layers
of expensive bureaucracy to a health care
system already choking in it. As the product
of multiple committees and few doctors, the
law is likely to emphasize ideal patterns of
behavior more than real-world solutions.