Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

A great victory, but the work is not done

As medical students and physicians, we were thrilled to see the Supreme Court uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. We have seen first-hand the challenges patients face in navigating a complex health care system and the frustrations physicians experience in trying to care for our uninsured population.

Our work is not done. In 2014, when 32 million Americans gain health insurance, doctors and hospitals will work hard to integrate these new patients into the health care system and innovate new models to provide better care.

We must look forward, not backward. The gains made as a result of the ACA are important and historic. Today, we celebrate that our nation has finally made a commitment to providing health care to even the most vulnerable. Tomorrow, we pledge to continue our work of ensuring everyone in America has access to lifesaving medications and quality preventive health care.

Anirudh Ramesh, Karlo Perica, Meghana Desale, Bipasha Mukherjee, Stephanie McLaughlin

The writers are medical students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and members of Doctors for America.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Unaffordable care in Bel Air
    Unaffordable care in Bel Air

    I am 59 years old, have been a practicing family physician for 30 years and I can't wait to pay my new health care premium for 2015. This past year, I paid $680 a month for my wife and me with a $5,400 deductible. With the Affordable Care Act, in 2015, I will be paying $700 a month with a...

  • What's the bang for our health exchange buck?
    What's the bang for our health exchange buck?

    The article, "Health exchange enrolls over 100,000 people" (Dec. 17), was informative, and I hope reporter Meredith Cohn has a follow up.

  • Gruber and his liberal lies
    Gruber and his liberal lies

    Nice coverage of the Jonathan Gruber hearing which amounted to, I think, about 60 words ("Obamacare adviser sorry for comments," Dec. 10). He appeared to spend most of the time denying, lying and obfuscating — true traits of liberals these days.

  • Health exchange still a hassle
    Health exchange still a hassle

    I found The Sun's editorial, "Beyond the website" (Nov. 23), about how well the new-and-improved Maryland Health Connection had launched to be ironic and not in a good way. Perhaps you should have looked beyond the health insurance website itself to see if the system really had been improved...

  • Md. health exchange still a problem
    Md. health exchange still a problem

    No matter what one hears, the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange is still a difficult system to navigate ("Give yourself the gift of quality health care," Dec. 3). I have spent the last week trying to create an account, but since my situation isn't typical, I am on my own. The insurance...

  • Give yourself the gift of quality health care
    Give yourself the gift of quality health care

    It's December and quickly creeping toward the next holiday season. We have had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. How about taking a step back and giving a gift to yourself?

  • Getting help with health exchange
    Getting help with health exchange

    We couldn't agree more with the importance of consumers getting in-person assistance when they purchase health insurance ("Obamacare: Beyond the website," Nov. 21). That's why the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform named Maryland's connector entities with their navigators and...

  • How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?
    How can Ehrlich relish suffering of others?

    It saddens me to see the former congressman and governor of Maryland salivating with anticipation at the thought of depriving millions of Americans of decent health insurance by rolling back the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare is a varsity stinker," Nov. 23).

Comments
Loading