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Statement by the American Academy of Ophthalmology Regarding Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Law

06/28/2012   08:00:00 AM

The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued the following statement in response to today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The statement is provided by David W. Parke II, M.D., CEO of the Academy.

WASHINGTON AND SAN FRANCISCO – “The American Academy of Ophthalmology is committed to working with Congress on solutions to expand coverage for the more than 40 million uninsured individuals in the United States, and simultaneously push for key changes in the health care law that protect patients’ access to quality vision care. The Supreme Court’s ruling that the health care law is constitutional is just one chapter in a book that is still being authored. The outcome of the November elections will be another important chapter. Ophthalmology and the medical community look forward to continuing to play a key role in ensuring the highest quality of care for all Americans.”

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons — Eye M.D.s — with 32,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve their healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trustworthy and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or< www.ojossanos.org to learn more.

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