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November 4, 2012

REFORM: Getting to the heart of health care

Niagara Gazette — IF YOU GO

WHAT: Health Care Reform Panel Discussion WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 14 WHERE: Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls FOR MORE INFO: Contact Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at 278-4569.

 

It would be interesting to see a show of hands right now.  

Who hasn't gone to the doctor lately because they can't afford the co-pay?  Who is horrified at the rise in the cost of their medical insurance?  Who understands health care reform?

For those of you who dropped your hand at that last question, you are not alone.  Health care reform seems as complex as brain surgery. But the goals of it are as simple as the healthy blush on a child's cheek.

On Tuesday, a lot of American voters are going to be standing in a voting booth, deciding who they want to lead our country for the next four years. Many will be deeply concerned about the matters of their health. And if they are confused about which way the country is heading on matters of health care, they are in good company.

Recently, a group of local health care experts shared their opinions about "Obamacare,"  as the Affordable Care Act is being called. The experts agree that the most important thing that citizens need to know is that nobody really knows for sure how health care reform is going to happen, but they all agree that health care must be reformed.

Even if Mitt Romney wins the presidency and tries to repeal the act, according to some experts, he'll have trouble changing some parts of it, especially the provisions that allow children to remain under their parent's coverage until they are 26 years old.  In this economic market that provides an important safety net for our young people.  

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