The American Academy of Pediatrics message about the Supreme Court's decision today likely sums up how many pediatricians feel:
"The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled by a vote of 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The AAP commends the decision as a historic step forward for children and their pediatricians. The AAP will continue to work with Congress, the Administration and state governments during the law's implementation to provide access, benefits and coverage to all children.
This ruling preserves key child health provisions, including the law's protections against pre-existing condition exclusions, Bright Futures preventive services being offered at no cost to families, and the payment parity provision, which increases Medicaid payment rates to Medicare levels for 2013 & 2014."
AAP President Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP also stated that "As pediatricians, our number one goal is to keep children healthy, and we can now do so knowing that a landmark law prioritizes children's health needs and provides them with the access to care, age-appropriate benefits and coverage options they need and deserve."