Open Forum Informs Patients on Obamacare

On Friday, the Rebublican- controlled House of Representatives will vote on a measure to fund the government, but de-fund Obamacare. The Enterprise Civic Center was the site of an open forum designed to answer questions about the affordable care

There were questions about how Obamacare will impact tax credits for small businesses, the penalties for those who don't comply, and what patients need to do in order to get ready for Obamacare. The E.L. Gibson Foundation sponsored the community forum. Healthcare reform specialist Jeannie O' Malley gave the presentation on the act and answered questions from the community. The forum didn't aim to sway opinions for or against Obamacare.

It was meant to educate people about it's objectives and the changes it will bring. Those against the affordable care act say they didn't have a chance to vote on it, and that the law is being pushed on them. They worry that there will be limited care, and that they will have to give up medications and lose the ability to choose their doctors. Obamacare supporters believe the law will keep more money in the pockets of workers covered by their employers. They also say it will allow patients to get help before an illness becomes worse.

Nurse Practitioner Trinette Staford explains that "It will make sure that people will get preventive services. That means that people will be able to get different diseases identified early and able to start treatment early, which costs less. And you'll have less catastrophic problems."

The bill to de-fund Obamacare will likely pass the house Friday, but it won't likely get the majority of votes in Democrat- controlled Senate. If Congress does pass it, The result could be a government shut-down. The president has vowed to veto any bill that challenges his health-care law. However, Republicans could try de-fund it when Congress faces off over the nation's $16 trillion debt limit in late October

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