One physician's sigh of relief at today's ruling.
I'm one more doctor proud of the fact that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has passed its test of constitutional muster. In this solemn moment, American health care has become a national priority. Every health care worker shares in a refreshed responsibility not just to our patients, but to our country's well being. The act not only offers a health insurance safety net for all, but will start to build the evidence-based infrastructure we need to treat the toughest cases.
I welcome the nation's new found interest in health into my daily worries because I'm the kind of doctor that you truly do not want to see -- at least not until something catastrophic and entirely unexpected has happened to you. A brain injury is never part of anyone's imagined future; people consider it far less a possibility than cancer or a heart attack, but close to ten million Americans are living with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke. More than 10 percent of this country's population is currently struggling with some form of neurological disability. These are numbers no region can cope with on its own; these are needs that require national standards of care.