Af­ford­able Care Act raises hope for the fu­ture of Amer­i­can health­care

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­poses sweep­ing new health plan rules,” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, March 15), as a fam­ily physi­cian, I am very en­cour­aged by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act. It is awe­some what Pres­i­dent Obama has been able to achieve so far for the good of all the Amer­i­can people. For many years, es­pe­cially since medicine changed to be­ing for-profit, pa­tients and physi­cians have suf­fered at the whims of health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies.

This rev­o­lu­tion­ary change in medicine will nat­u­rally take time to un­fold. It amazes me how some still want to see med­i­cal care as a priv­i­lege for the few rather than as a right for all. I am very hope­ful for the fu­ture of med­i­cal care in the U.S. be­cause of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Dr. Rose­mary Eileen McHugh

Wheaton, Ill.

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