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UTD Professor: Health Law's Parts Tough to Balance in Practice

Jun 29, 2012

The day after the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the federal healthcare law, people are trying to figure out how it will affect them.

Dr. Forney Fleming, healthcare management professor at UTD, says implementing the law will be complex and confusing. He says most people expect the Affordable Care Act to cut costs, improve access to health care, and upgrade quality.

He says in such a complex system, doing all three will be like Whac-a-Mole.

“Where the mole pops up and you hit it with a big rubber hammer and another one pops up. Well, cost, access and quality is like a Whac-a-Mole," Fleming said. “It is economically impossible for us to positively address all three of those at the same time.”

Fleming, a former orthopedic surgeon, said that when one area improves, another will take a negative hit. He predicts a bumpy implementation.

Dr. Fleming was part of a panel on the healthcare law hosted by the Dallas Democratic Forum.