Talking Health Care

Posted By: Abdul · 11/22/2013 8:33:00 AM

I wanted to a few moments and thank everyone who came out and participated in our Town Hall Meeting this week on Obamacare at Marian University.

As someone who enjoys facilitating good public discussion and debate, this was an event well worth doing.  The audience had good questions and our panel had good answers. (Note: We’ll have the forum posted in a day or two.)

One thing I definitely took away from our Town Hall was how much uncertainty the ACA has created.   From individuals not knowing what’s going to happen with their rates and coverage, businesses not knowing how much more red tape they will have to navigate, hospitals and care provides not knowing how this will fully impact Medicare; the list goes on and on.

The point of reforming the health care system was to provide certainty and predictability; we have gotten neither with the ACA.  However, as our panel stated, for the next three years this is the universe we will have to live in and deal with until something changes.

The best advice the panel gave to the audience was to stay informed.  Read as much as you can and talk with experts, be they health insurance brokers, human resources consultants and occasionally your elected officials.  The paraphrase an old saying, knowledge is power and with Obamacare, you’re going to need as much knowledge as possible.