Congressman Dold issued the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):
"While this ruling speaks to the constitutionality of the ACA, the real question is whether the 2010 law makes for good public policy," said Congressman Dold. "The American people missed a golden opportunity with health care reform when Congress rushed it through on a partisan basis. I believe that properly confronting the big issues and challenges in this country requires input from both sides and bipartisan support. There are positive provisions in the ACA that should remain as law, but there is more we can do to increase quality and access to care, while reining in skyrocketing costs to the health care system. As health care reform continues to take shape, I am committed to working in a bipartisan way to find positive solutions to the rising costs of health care."
"The ACA has dramatically changed the way physicians in America provide health care in a manner which decreases access and quality of care, increases cost, and killed medical innovation," said Dr. Richard Fessler, Chair of Rep. Dold's Health Care Advisory Board. "We must continue to find opportunities to develop new approaches which will lower cost, improve quality, increase access to and stability of insurance and encourage medical innovation."
"Today's ruling is neither a victory or a defeat, but rather an opportunity to redefine our health care system with better input from both patients and physicians," said Dr. Kennith Schmidt, member of Rep. Dold's Health Care Advisory Board.
"As a physician, my patients are my first priority. The ACA promised more regulation of health care and more intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, but no structural reforms to address the long term trend of spiraling health care costs that jeopardize the well-being of my patients," said Dr. Alex Goldin, member of Rep. Dold's Health Care Advisory Board.