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Majority of Physicians Support Supreme Court ACA Decision

July 5, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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According to an online poll of physicians in hospital, health systems, and large group practices across the U.S., more than 60 percent of respondents say the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was the right one. The poll, which was sent via email to about 9,500 physician leaders who are members of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), drew 617 responses. Of those, 61.1 percent said they supported the court's decision, while 33.4 opposed. An additional 5.5 percent were unsure.

"ACPE is dedicated to serving as the balanced voice for physician leadership in America," Peter Angood, M.D., CEO of ACPE, an organization for physician leaders. "Regardless of any one individual's opinion, the Supreme Court's decision was an important moment in healthcare. The thoughtful and cogent comments our physician leaders contributed to the poll accurately reflect the passion and dedication they have for improving the practice of medicine for both physicians and patients."

ACPE members were invited to post comments to the electronic survey, and many expressed strong opinions about the 5-4 decision. Keith Marton, M.D., of Seattle, WA, was among the majority of ACPE members in favor of upholding the ACA.

"The more I've learned of the contents of the ACA, the more I've come to appreciate it," Marton wrote. "It has components that will not only increase access to health insurance (the primary goal), but actually control costs and potentially improve quality."

The potential cost of the ACA was a major sticking point for those who opposed the decision. Several wondered how the government planned to pay for it.

"This is not just higher taxes for working Americans but also forced commerce," Eric Nazziola, M.D.,of Paramus, NJ, said on the survey "The long-run result of this is more wasteful government bureaucracy, rationing of care and erosion of quality."

Whether they approved of the ruling or not, many expressed relief a decision had been reached and voiced a desire to move forward with improving patient care.



I would think that you would be ashamed to headline that a "majority of physicians support te Supreme Court ACA decision", when you received only 617 responses of 9500 emails sent. That is just over 6% response. I think that those who favor would respond in larger percentages than those who oppose.

The whole article is disappointing to me.

Jere P. McClure, M.D.


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