Health economist discusses how SCOTUS decision impacts ACA implementation

The Supreme Court’s decision today means the implementation of the Affordable Care Act can go forward, thus improving the delivery and affordability of medical care, says Timothy McBride, PhD, health economist and associate dean for public health at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.


“Now an estimated 30 million or so uninsured persons will gain health coverage after 2014,” he says.

“All persons who are poor will have access to this coverage for free, and other low-income persons will obtain subsidies to buy this coverage.”

McBride says that for every person in the country, the insurance reforms mean that health insurance will be more affordable because of the insurance market reforms, and the Health Insurance Exchanges.

“Many of the other important provisions of the ACA can stand–and some of these have been implemented already,” he says.