Today is a monumental day with the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act. I am personally pleased with the decision as I think about the many people I’ve worked with in my 30 plus years of practice. Many of these people suffered from lack of affordable health care, or had pre-existing conditions such as cancer that prevented them from receiving insurance. During this time, access to affordable care became an increasing burden for many.
Our colleagues at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have emphasized the leadership role for academic health centers in the transformation of health care and population health in an initial analysis memo sent to members earlier today. UC Davis Health System and our community will need to work together effectively for our region to accept the increased numbers of insured patients who rightfully expect to receive continuing care. While we have a limited capacity, we can use our expertise in health-care delivery service and interprofessional health education to launch the Affordable Care Act.