In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Affordable Care Act, dubbed "Obamacare," will remain law. The 5-4 vote not only split the justices on the bench, but people across the Ark-La-Tex.
In a conference call shortly after the ruling was handed down, Renee Amar of the National Federation of Independent Businesses-Louisiana called the verdict "disappointing." The NFIB joined 28 states suing to overturn the Obama Administration's signature health care reform package. State representatives say that's because the new law creates an undue burden on small business owners, which will be required to provide group coverage if they have more than 50 employees...or pay a fine. But according to Amar, there are still questions left. "Let's say I'm an employer and I have, you know, 5 workers that work for me, we're not exactly sure of the implications for those small guys yet," she said.
Dr. Robert Barish, Chancellor of LSU-Health Shreveport, says he thinks the law will bring more demand for health care when the most controversial provision goes into effect in 2014. "The mandate to carry insurance will increase the number of insured patients, increasing the demand for services in setting of a statewide workforce shortage," he said.
However, while the law has cleared its legal challenges, it's still a political firestorm. House Republicans are vowing to bring up another vote to appeal the Affordable Care Act. That vote is expected within a month.