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Health Care Law Expert Talks Supreme Court Decision and Florida

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Dr. Jay Wolfson, a health care law expert with the University of South Florida and Stetson University talks about the Supreme Court's decision and the effect it will have on Floridians.

"It means that Floridians will not have to worry anymore about their 18-26 year old children and whether they will be allowed on their plans,"Wolfson says.

"It means that elderly Floridians within two years are not going to have to worry about whether their Medicare prescription drug benefits choking them off after they've started paying for them. Legislation pushed by the pharmaceutical companies is going to be eliminated and that all Floridians are going to have a safety net that's real."

Wolfson says the law by itself will not change the culture of health care in America.

"We pay too much for pharmaceuticals, we dispense too many pharmaceuticals. We pay too much for diagnostic tests, we prescribe too many diagnostic tests. We do too many services and procedures in hospitals. If you get shot in the chest or hit by a truck, this is the best place in the world to come for care. God forbid you should require preventative services, public health services, if you have a chronic disease, this is the worst place to be because we focus on expensive testing because we can't see the long haul. We're very short sighted."

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