Read more responses from Upstate and western North Carolina hospital and health care systems in response to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.
"The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is encouraging news for the thousands of Upstate residents who were considered 'uninsurable' and the many workers who feared losing their health insurance when they needed it most.
"The law is not perfect, and we fully expect the health care debate to continue in the months leading up to the presidential election. No matter what happens in Washington, AnMed Health is committed to continuing to do our part to reform the health care delivery system. As we have for many years, we will continue looking for new ways to provide better, more efficient health care in the Upstate and northeast Georgia."
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Inc.:
"Bon Secours Health System, Inc., is pleased that, based on an initial read of the Supreme Court opinion, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been found constitutional and will remain in effect. BSHSI has long supported health reform that expands access and coverage to everyone.
"As the opinion is examined further, BSHSI will have a better understanding of the impact on the System. BSHSI and other Catholic-sponsored health care providers will continue to lead health care transformation - finding new and better ways to provide 'good help to those in need' while strengthening the communities we serve.
"With the Catholic Health Association, Bon Secours Health System is also committed to assisting with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and ongoing advocacy for those who suffer because they lack quality, compassionate health care services.
"In the coming weeks and months we will continue working closely with the Catholic Health Association (CHA), legislators and the Administration to implement the ACA as fairly and effectively as possible."
"Today's ruling from the Supreme Court to uphold the law now gives us direction in moving forward with healthcare reform," said Mission Health President and CEO Ronald A. Paulus. "We are pleased that there is now clarity on the constitutionality of the law. That said, it's important to note that with or without reform, the overarching issues are the same:
- Care quality is not where we need it to be nationally, and it must be improved;
- Healthcare costs are high and growing too rapidly, and we must become more efficient;
- Even with the current law, far too many individuals are and will remain uninsured or underinsured, and as a result, they frequently don't receive the care that they need to prevent and manage illness in an optimal manner;
- Inappropriate incentives hard-wired into our system reward "more" rather than best outcomes.
"Mission is committed to working with our community to address these problems in a collaborative, effective and transparent manner. Even while ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 15 Health Systems nationally, our work has only just begun. Of course, we will work with our staff, community leaders, legislators and others to comply with the law and achieve the necessary changes described in the ruling."