DuBos: La. needs to learn to live with health-care bill

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Posted on July 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 6:42 PM

States and individuals will be adjusting to the federal Affordable Health Care Act for several years, in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Obama’s health care law.

And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

The legal debate over the president’s national health care plan is over. The Supreme Court — with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts delivering the majority opinion — last week said the law is constitutional.

But the political debate is far from over. The Affordable Health Care Act, which opponents call Obamacare, will be a big issue in the November elections.

At the same time, the rest of us — including the state of Louisiana — need to get ready to live with it, whether we favor the law or not.

Most people like at least some aspects of the law, such as being able to cover your children on your health insurance plan up to age 26. Most people also support prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The law is far from perfect. It will be debated in Congress, and probably changed, for years.

In the mean time, Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers should make sure Louisiana is prepared to take advantage of those portions of the law that could benefit Louisiana citizens.

Opposing the law is their right, but making sure Louisiana is ready for it is their duty.

 

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