The recent Supreme Court's landmark healthcare ruling drew praise from President Obama, who said that “it's time for us to move forward to implement and, where necessary, improve.”
Obama took a special note of the provisions of the law that he explained will for the first time provide health insurance for almost all Americans when it is fully implemented in 2014. He allayed fears that millions of Americans have to give up their current insurance plans.
The new healthcare law is expected to bolster the already-soaring demand for healthcare jobs. Among these jobs are medical office assistant, registered nurse, pharmacist, clinical laboratory technician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, paramedic, and massage therapist.
The President's statements came shortly after the Supreme Court upheld his proposed health law, which earlier had incited much political debt. The decision is available on the Supreme Court website.
A majority of the justices said that the individual individual mandate-the controversial requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance or be fined-can be likened to a tax and thus is constitutional.
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out in his opinion.
Obama took pains to point out that, “it should be pretty clear by now that I did not do this because it was good politics-I did it because I believed it was good for the country.”
After the great debate at the Supreme Court nod, the healthcare industry quickly demonstrated its clout on the job market by adding 12,000 jobs to the national economy in July, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported recently.
For starters, non-farm payroll employment hit 163,000 in July, even as the unemployment rate essentially held steady at 8.3 percent. Significantly, the total number of unemployed persons, at 12.8 million, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged in July, both showing little movement in fact since the beginning of this year.
Ambulatory care services accounted for the largest growth area in the healthcare sector, with 8,900 jobs. Nursing and residential care facilities, on the other hand, were the only survivors, shedding 2,200 jobs.
In comparison, June 2012 added 64,000 jobs to the economy, 13,000 of them healthcare jobs. May 2012 was significantly more robust though, with healthcare growing by a whopping 33,000 jobs.
The BLS report also indicated that employment improved in professional and business services, food services, and drinking places and manufacturing.