If there was any doubt that Americans feel a strong personal stake in health care, it’s all been washed away in the commentary, tweeting and water-cooler discussions taking place over the last few hours. Stay tuned throughout the day for updates to this blog.
A sampling of how some of the major media outlets have been reporting the story:
- From the Washington Post, the main story, a graphic that breaks down how each of the individual Supreme Court justices voted, and an interactive feature to help readers figure out what the ruling means for them.
- If you’d like to read the entire text of the Supreme Court’s decision, it’s here.
- President Barack Obama is known for his use of the social media. Here’s what he tweeted this morning:
POTUS: “Today’s decision was a victory for people all across this country whose lives will be more secure.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 28, 2012
POTUS: We will continue to implement this law, and we will work together to improve it where we can.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 28, 2012
- Embarrassing? In early versions of the story, two media outlets got it wrong. What happened? The Associated Press breaks it down for you and concludes that in the rush to report the decision. some of the facts were confused. Alas, some politicos got it wrong too.
So who was first with the news? Early reports said it was the Associated Press, but Bloomberg News issued a statement claiming the honors with a story that moved at 10:07:31 a.m. EDT (and got the facts correct). The Associated Press moved its story at 10:07:55 a.m., a whole 24 seconds later. Does anyone really care? Rem Rieder, editor and senior vice president of American Journalism Review, thinks not.
- Stuart Taylor, legal analyst for Kaiser Health News, offers up this assessment of the Supreme Court’s ruling: “It was the most amazing Supreme Court theater I’ve ever seen.” Watch his video interview or read the transcript here.
Kaiser Health News also has compiled a Q and A on “After the Ruling: A Consumer’s Guide.”
- What does the public think of the Supreme Court ruling? MSNBC Health interviewed two of the millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions and have been unable to obtain insurance coverage. Jerry Fielder of California and her husband, Charles, were turned down by 16 different insurance providers because Charles had a history of heart problems. The Fielders paid $73,000 out of pocket so Charles could receive surgery; then Jerry was diagnosed with lymphoma that went untreated for 10 months until she was able to qualify for coverage through the health care reform law.
Fielder told MSNBC that she “was on pins and needles” waiting for the Supreme Court to announce its decision. “Then I was like, Oh, my God, they upheld it? I can’t believe it.”
- The conversation on Twitter ranged from ecstatic to sarcastic:
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) June 28, 2012
If you have a problem with #ObamaCare, then I’m sure you could shift over to somewhere that doesn’t have it…like Africa
— African Dad (@AfricanDad) June 28, 2012
Are cops going to be asking for our health insurance cards now? “License, registration and health insurance card, please.” #ObamaCare
— Julie Borowski (@JulieBorowski) June 28, 2012
To all of you saying you’re going to move to Canada bc #Obamacare was upheld….um..they have..universal health..um…actually nvm
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) June 28, 2012
We should’ve seen this coming after Scalia moved all his investments into broccoli futures yesterday. #SCOTUS
— Pixie Hussein Sherry (@pixsher) June 28, 2012
Just seen #Obamacare got through. This is like The West Wing but real. Great stuff, well done America!
— Steve Reynolds (@SteveKith) June 28, 2012
— Lauren (@ALadylikeLauren) June 28, 2012
(Do people really want to move to Canada? HappyPlace.com has some news for you…)
- Well-known politicians have been busy tweeting:
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 28, 2012
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) June 28, 2012
— Michele Bachmann (@TeamBachmann) June 28, 2012
— John Boehner (@johnboehner) June 28, 2012
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 28, 2012
- Reaction from the medical community: The American Academy of Family Physicians supported the ruling with a statement saying that “as a result of this decision, more Americans will have access to meaningful insurance coverage and to the primary care physicians who are key to high-quality, affordable health services.”
Ditto the American Medical Association, whose statement also noted that the decision upholds funding for research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects coverage of preventive and wellness care.
Check out the Health Affairs blog for a more in-depth look at how the ruling is likely to affect providers.
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