RWJF Statement on the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling
Jun 28, 2012, 7:35 PM
By Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court allows the nation to move forward on the road to better health.
The Affordable Care Act, when fully implemented, will expand the number of people with health coverage, introduce strategies for improving the quality of health care, and support plans to make our communities healthier places. For that reason the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has committed significant resources to help nonprofit organizations, states, communities and the private sector realize the full potential of the law. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court permits the implementation process to continue in full force, and we look forward to working with everyone who shares our goals to make meaningful improvements in the health and health care of our country.
Improving access to stable, affordable health care is not a partisan issue to us. We’ve been at it for decades, working with people and organizations of all sorts. The Affordable Care Act brings us wonderfully close to achieving that mission. But our ultimate goal of helping Americans lead healthier lives will require more than simply implementing the law. Health care spending continues to rise and crowd out investments in other areas; even for people with insurance, high out-of-pocket costs can be a barrier to accessing care. Furthermore, our health is not just something that comes from the doctor’s office. Community and neighborhood conditions have a significant effect on health. The Affordable Care Act offers ways to address many of these aspects of health, and we will continue to pursue opportunities stemming from the law and elsewhere to improve the health of our nation.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.