|By David A. Farrell, Picayune Item, Miss.|
"Everyone is now talking about health care and the act will impact everyone," said Riser.
Highland Community Hospital Administrator
Riser said he is concerned most about quality of service falling further. "That is what we will have to work at," he said. "We once, when I first went into practice, were considered as having the best health care system in the world, but not anymore."
Additionally, Riser said that the health care act, which the
Riser said the patient who follows all the rules and takes care of himself will wind up paying the same amount as the one who does all the bad things and doesn't follow his doctor's requests. "There's no incentives for being a good patient," he said.
"The U.S. spends more money on health care than any other nation, and we as health care professionals have to stay focused on quality of care, real quality, and not just throw money at problems," said Riser.
Stockstill said on Friday that he is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude on how the new health care law will impact Highland, after the
The 5-4 decision meant that the law could pick up momentum as it approaches 2014 when it will take full effect. It will affect the way almost all Americans acquire health care.
"There are over 2,000 pages in the law," said Stockstill, "and that will result in thousands of new regulations, and I don't think anyone knows, right now, for sure what impact it will have."
Stockstill said he and his staff are waiting on information from the state hospital association that might help clarify how the act's approval by the
Stockstill said that he is concerned, especially, about the impact on the
"They have already been implementing aspects of the law," said Stockstill, "but it's really fixing to go full force."
Highland officials are preparing to occupy a new,
"One of the things we are worried about is
He added, "We have kind of got a wait-and-see stance on this. We are waiting to see what comes down. We sometimes wonder, what with all the changes, how are we going to administer all of this? It's a scary time."
He added, "I want to see the consequences that expanding
Frierson was in a Friday evening briefing in
The main provision of the law was an individual insurance mandate, requiring residents who can afford it to buy insurance according to an income formula, and if they don't, a penalty (a penalty was what
Said Chief Justice
Roberts broke with the conservative judges and announced the court's ruling. Roberts defined the courts view of the mandate as a valid exercise of
Obama and his supporters praised the court's ruling, and
Said Holland, "We, among all states, have a higher percentage uninsured. The only thing that scares me with them (the
Here are comments from other
4th District Congressman
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner
Statement of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program: "Thousands of Mississippians have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act -- seniors are paying lower drug costs, young adults have been able to stay on their parents' insurance plan, and insurance no longer has lifetime limits and covers preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs. Also Mississippians will benefit from reforms that will be implemented in 2014 when no one can be denied coverage. While the court's decision raises questions around changes to
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