A great victory, but the work is not done

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As medical students and physicians, we were thrilled to see the Supreme Court uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. We have seen first-hand the challenges patients face in navigating a complex health care system and the frustrations physicians experience in trying to care for our uninsured population.

Our work is not done. In 2014, when 32 million Americans gain health insurance, doctors and hospitals will work hard to integrate these new patients into the health care system and innovate new models to provide better care.

We must look forward, not backward. The gains made as a result of the ACA are important and historic. Today, we celebrate that our nation has finally made a commitment to providing health care to even the most vulnerable. Tomorrow, we pledge to continue our work of ensuring everyone in America has access to lifesaving medications and quality preventive health care.

Anirudh Ramesh, Karlo Perica, Meghana Desale, Bipasha Mukherjee, Stephanie McLaughlin

The writers are medical students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and members of Doctors for America.

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