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Administration, providers charge ahead on ACA
The Obama administration and healthcare industry groups say they will continue gearing up for full implementation of the federal healthcare overhaul, even as some worry the U.S. Supreme Court will pull the plug.
Administration officials expressed continued confidence in the constitutionality of the law, and the president himself ignited some controversy by asserting the court would be diverging from its tradition of restraint if it finds otherwise.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the department isn’t making any contingency plans. “We have very important implementation efforts under way,” Sebelius said during an April 4 healthcare fraud summit in Chicago. “We don’t have the luxury of pausing and waiting for the court decision.”
But uncertainty over the future of the massive Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has grown after the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments regarding the law in late March, with many observers concluding that the direction of the justices’ questioning indicated deep doubts about the provision requiring individuals to buy health insurance and whether the rest of the law could stand without it (April 2, p. 6).
Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director