Changes are in the wind

And in the minds of our read­ers who think the re­form law will go un­der the knife by 2013

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Editorials - — David Burda, edi­tor

Con­sider last week’s rul­ing by a fed­eral judge that the key tenet of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act was un­con­sti­tu­tional an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the re­sults of our re­cent reader poll. Most of the more than 300 health­care ex­ec­u­tives who took our poll say they be­lieve the law won’t be in­tact this time in 2012. In fact, 10% said the law will be re­pealed and re­placed with a new law.

That out­come and other lesser al­ter­ations were made more likely by the judge’s rul­ing that Congress lacks the author­ity to re­quire Amer­i­cans to buy health in­surance. (For more on the im­pact of the rul­ing, see p. 8.) Many ex­perts agree that the is­sue—and the fate of the re­form law it­self—ul­ti­mately will be de­cided by the U.S. Supreme Court. But un­til then, here’s what many of our read­ers think will hap­pen in the next two years based on a poll we con­ducted on Mod­ern Health­ from Nov. 3, the day af­ter the mid-term elec­tions, and Dec. 14, the day af­ter the judge’s rul­ing. We wel­come your feed­back. Please drop us a line at mh­let­ters@modernhealth­ Thank you.

What do you be­lieve will hap­pen to the health­care re­form law in the next two years?

Source: Mod­ern Health­care MOD­ERN HEALTH­CARE GRAPHIC

Mi­nor amend­ments will be en­acted

Some key pro­vi­sions will be re­pealed

Few if any changes will be passed

The law will get a ma­jor over­haul The law will be re­pealed and re­placed with a new law

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