Quick Takes: Obamacare and Same-Sex Marriage are Both Public Health Issues

Drexel News Blog

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court issued its rulings today in the King v. Burwell case, upholding Obamacare’s subsidies and protecting access to affordable health care for millions of low- and middle-income Americans—a major victory in the view of most public health experts.

Robert I. Field, JD, PhD, MPH, a professor in Drexel’s School of Public Health and Kline School of Law, notes:

“Had the Court ruled the other way, the law would not actually have been struck down. However, its effectiveness would have been severely limited. In the 34 states that use the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, most people with low incomes would have found it difficult or impossible to afford health insurance. They are the people most in need of law’s help.”

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health, places the decision in wide perspective:

“All of us in…

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