Some uncertainty lingers at Texas Med Center, even after health care ruling

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by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 6:06 PM

HOUSTON—The Supreme Court’s historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act had everyone in the Texas Medical Center talking Thursday. But what they couldn’t decide on is what, exactly, the law will mean for their future.

"I’m not clairvoyant. And I don’t have a crystal ball. And it … we will keep struggling along, adapting. But change is inevitable," Dr. Red Duke said.

Other doctors KHOU 11 News spoke with were also unsure whether the change will be good or bad for the Med Center’s 90,000 employees.

"What’s the effect of this decision? I don’t think anybody on both sides, or all the different sides, of the political camp really knows," Dr. John Holcomb said.

What they do know is, currently, 30 percent of the trauma patients who come to the Med Center don’t have insurance. That could change.

At least, Carlton Tucker, a Vietnam veteran attending a job fair at the Med Center Thursday, hopes so.

"I think that’s the best thing for this country. Because there are so many out there that don’t have any benefits at all," he said.

No matter what happens, Dr. Duke said he’s certain the Med Center will survive, and now it can move forward with at least some of the uncertainty removed.

"I’m not worried about the Medical Center. It’s pretty healthy," Duke said. "It’s like being a good linebacker: Hostile, agile and mobile."

 

 

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