Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Shares His Perspective on Health Reform

The long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released on June 28. In a majority decision, the Court ruled that the ACA, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. The ACA is the largest expansion of health care coverage since Medicare and Medicaid were initiated in the sixties. The Supreme Court decision means that efforts already underway to implement the law can and will continue.

On Aug. 15, ACC Sr. Vice President for Advocacy James Fasules, MD, FACC, had the opportunity to speak with former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle on the recent changes with the ACA and the Supreme Court’s decision. They also discuss where these changes fall short and what cardiovascular professionals can do to improve quality and care.

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