Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

Thursday, June 28, 2012

In a long-awaited ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the package of legislation collectively known as the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. This announcement touched off heated media discussion, and the Opus College of Business' many experts were in demand to help people make sense of the ruling and its consequences.

Former Senator Dave Durenberger, who is a Senior Health Policy Fellow at UST, was upbeat when he talked to CBS Minnesota. “You won’t even see the government role,” he said. “I mean, the government role will be all of us who, when healthy and when young and when able are willing to provide some way in which to support the older and the sicker. We’ve done it all our lives. Now we’re going to do it in an improved health system.”

Durenberger also weighed in with a lenghtier post on his National Institute of Health Policy blog (later cross-posted on the college's High Performance Health Care and Opus Magnum blogs), arguing that since "Obamacare is the law of the land ... It is a time now for the leaders of the health care industries in America and the leaders of America’s job creation community to step up to what should no longer be a political plate and be heard on policy implementation."

Meanwhile, Dan McLaughlin, director of UST's Center for Health & Medical Affairs, spoke to KSTP to explain the purpose of the ACA's controversial "individual mandate" provision. "The individual mandate is important because it allows the risk pool to include the people who are healthy to fund the people who are sick," he said. "If you only let people who are sick in the pool, it's going to get very expensive."

In the most recent issue of the Opus College of Business' Magazine, the college's Jack Militello and Mick Sheppeck discussed the implementation of the provisions of the act in a piece entitled "The Affordable Care Act Passed. Now What?" They noted that health care providers "do not exhibit a strong market focus," although "this may be changing as a more knowledgeable consumer class is participating in the health care choices in which it has more financial involvement."

Originally published: 06/28/2012, CBS Minnesota