Reaction from Senator Rodriguez on the US Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision

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Guam – The Legislature’s Health Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez has released the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.

READ Senator Rodriguez’s statement in FULL below:

 For Immediate Release
Reaction from Senator Rodriguez on the US Supreme Court Ruling

In response to today’s US Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Senator Rodriguez stated, “I am very pleased with the Supreme Court decision. I have always found it uncontainable that as one of the most advanced and richest nations in the world so many are forced to go with out healthcare.  PPACA has been long awaited and is sorely needed.  President Obama’s forward thinking approach to health care reform is a land mark effort that will now go a long way towards expanding access to affordable health care, thanks to this decision.”

Senator Rodriguez did however note the unfortunate reality that the government of Guam is faced with, being behind the curve in implementing some of the critical provisions in PPACA. The most notable setback being noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s mandate to establish a health insurance exchange for the island. Senator Rodriguez recognized that this inaction has been directly caused by those who were waiting for the Supreme Court ruling. Now that the decision has been made, Senator Rodriguez is anticipating the island’s much-needed transition into compliance.

The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold PPACA is especially important for the island of Guam.  “The risk of PPACA being overturned also put Guam’s Medicaid compensation ratio at risk.  Thankfully, PPACA will now continue to increase the Medicaid compensation in annual increments until we are eventually on par with the rest of the nation,” stated Senator Rodriguez.

Senator Rodriguez said, “With this decision the people of Guam can feel confident in the numbers projected with the medical loss ratio and rebate totaling over $8 million that the Government of Guam will be receiving and has already been factored into the FY2012 Budget Act.”  Additionally, the senator highlighted the significant consideration that the average working family on Guam with a healthcare plan could receive as much as a $600-$700 rebate, being the highest expected rebate rates nationwide.

As a reminder Senator Rodriguez will conduct a Public Forum/ Discussion on the Impact of the US Supreme Court Ruling on Guam, on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 5:30 P.M at the Liheslaturan Guåhan Public Hearing Room.