We gave a big "woohoo!" this morning when the government gave Americans' health a shot in the arm with the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Of course the health care debate is far from over, but it's a relief to know that lawmakers came to this decision. A ruling that grants those with preexisting conditions and low incomes access to the care they need certainly makes it easier to care for yourself, your planet, and your fellow man.
Here at Whole Living, we like to focus on creating optimal health, not just treating diseases as they come. In our May issue, Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, says, "We live in a symptom-treatment medical system, not a health-promoting one." Obamacare's emphasis on wellness visits and preventive care (which requires insurers to cover preventive services at no cost to the patient) is a big step toward promoting ease instead of beating back disease.
The coverage on the topic is only beginning, but read up-to-the-minute updates on the New York Times, a crib sheet to what this means and what's next from the Associated Press, and a round-up of think tanks', uh, thoughts on the ruling on the Washington Post.
Read more about how the decision will affect you at HealthCare.gov.