LSMS President Anthony P. Blalock, MD
POSTED June 28, 2012
Louisiana State Medical Society President Anthony P. Blalock, MD:
Earlier today, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality and validity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. For more than two years, many aspects of the law have been called into question and have provided fodder for countless political debates across the nation. Although the Louisiana State Medical Society is disappointed in the Court’s decision, we stand ready to support patients and their physicians during this time of change.
“Today’s decision does not change LSMS’s mission,” explains LSMS President Dr. Andy Blalock. “Our challenge is, and always has been, to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. The US is fortunate to have the finest research facilities, clinics and hospitals, staffed by the most highly trained and best educated physicians and health care providers in the world. As we move forward, we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our health care system.”
The LSMS will move forward with an open minded, constructive approach to building on the positive aspects of the law, while working with the Louisiana Delegation and the Congress to address the strong concerns physicians still have regarding protecting patients’ access to care, stabilizing the Medicare program in a fiscally responsible way, and preserving the rights of physicians’ and patients’ to choose their own health care services.