Martha Jefferson Hospital's President Jim Haden declined to comment on specifics of how the individual mandate will affect his hospital's operations.
Haden states that's because that major part of the law hasn't even been implemented yet. He says it will be several years before anyone knows the real impacts of this law, so for now, Martha Jefferson Hospital is staying the course.
"We are going to concentrate and focus on the quality of care, patient-family experience, and we have a number of activities already going on that have to do with clinical effectiveness and cancer and cardiology," he said.
Haden did say he's concerned about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act say the individual mandate is necessary to help reduce costs because more people are forced to take part in the insurance market.
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