Supreme Court Decision Has Implications For Miami Valley

Jun 29, 2012

The Supreme Courts decision on President Obama's Affordable Care act has already received mixed reaction across the country, and as WYSO's Emily McCord reports, there's still argument on what this will mean for Ohio.

Nobody knows what this will mean exactly because there's still parts of the law that even been written yet. But that's not stopping them from either celebrating or trying to repeal it. Congressman Mike Turner,  who represents Ohio's third district, has already introduced legislation to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Turner says those in the medical manufacturing industry and others in healthcare tell him they're concerned.

"They're concerned about the effects on the doctor-patient relationship. They're concerned effects on the ability to provide quality of care. There are many things that are constitutional that are still not a good idea, and Obamacare is one of them," says Turner.

But he's not talking to Donald Nguyen. He's a doctor at Dayton Children's and the co-chair of the Ohio chapter of Doctors for America

"It's a glorious day for medicine, for humanity, for the country as a whole, for patients. Finally, we are able to achieve something concrete. We've taken a giant step towards achieving a healthy nation," says Nguyen.

Jim Gross with Montgomery County says the decision is good news for his agency's mission to promote healthy living and preventative care. He says it's estimated that 70, 000 people are uninsured in the county, and the Affordable Health Care Act will help them.

Bryan Bucklew with the Greater Dayton Hospital Association says there's one thing where everyone agrees.

"The current system that we have is not working. So, to do nothing is not an option," says Bucklew. "So if you're not in favor of the Affordable Care act, there has to be some other option that you're advocating because the status quo is not working."

Bucklew says at least there's clarity now that the ruling has made the legislation constitutional so that those in the healthcare industry can move forward with planning for the future.