The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was met with a generally favorable—but somewhat guarded—response from physician groups.
The American Medical Association released a statement attributed to AMA President Dr. Jeremy Lazarus noting that the organization was pleased with the decision, as it means millions of Americans "can look forward to the coverage they need."
Lazarus also said the decision protects the bans on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and lifetime coverage caps. He added that the decision also upholds provisions for administrative simplification for processing insurance claims.
The American Academy of Family Physicians issued a statement from its president, Dr. Glen Stream, echoing many of the points raised by the AMA, but also noting that among the upheld provisions were those to build the primary-care workforce, advance wider implementation of the patient-centered medical-home model and maintain scholarships and loan repayment programs for medical students who choose a primary-care career path.