Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Confusion persists over health care overhaul

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - More than a year after becoming law, Missourians still aren’t sure what to think about President Barack Obama’s Health Care Overall Law.

Members of the Missouri Foundation for Health met with about 15 Cape Girardeau residents Monday night to answer questions about the law and to dispel rumors.

The Foundation designed the question-and-answer session to provide information about the law, according to policy analyst Thomas McAuliffe.

“The common questions are: When is this going to kick in? Is this going to change the cost of care? Will I be healthier as a result of this law? Ultimately, people say, ‘Why was it passed the way it was passed?’ I think lot of people are upset not about the content as much as they are the ultimate way in which it was passed,” McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe says that many Medicare users express concern that their benefits will change. The individual mandate is also a common theme for discussion throughout the state.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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