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Radio Smart Talk: What questions do you have about the healthcare law?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 1, 2012 3:21 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, October 2:

doctors_in_operating_room_300x170_scaled_cropp[1].jpgThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully implemented for at least another year-and-a-half.

If it survives what could be a new Congress next year, there are sure to be many questions about the healthcare law, as it is still called by some.

Perhaps, no other action by the federal government in recent years has generated as much controversy, angst, questions, and confusion.  Radio Smart Talk has focused on the ACA several times in the last few months and new questions always arise.

On Tuesday's program, we'll attempt to dispel some misconceptions, and ask questions like who benefits and pays for the benefits of the Act and how much of a role will personal responsibility play in the future costs of healthcare?

Joining us will be Scott Malan, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs for the Stevens and Lee Law Firm in Harrisburg and a longtime lobbyist in the health care field and Dr. Joseph Anderson, Affiliated Adjunct Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Administration at Penn State, Susquehanna University, Lancaster General School of Nursing, Elizabethtown College, Eastern University, and HACC.

What questions do you have about the healthcare law?

Below are photos from the live show, including large binders containing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which should give a good idea of just how large the act is.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-02 08:13

    Email from Nicole,

    I understand that in 2014, health care insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is great. However, will they be able to increase premiums b/c of these pre-existing conditions? Will they just outprice these individuals out of affording healthcare? If not, how will the costs of covering these individuals be covered? I recognize that including the healthy people into the pool (the mandate) will help with making this portion of the bill more affordable. I also support a public option which wasn't passed but may in the future to help reduce these costs.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-02 08:23

    Email from Listener:

    It would have been to have had a doctor on your panel today to avoid the impression that lawyers and bureaucrats will be providing and deciding our health care! Thank you!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-02 08:50

    Email from Debby,

    My comment is that there are panels making decisions already. These might be at insurance companies, state agencies deciding what medicaid will cover in their state.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-02 08:51

    Email from Ben:

    Please tell the people who would rather have elected people in congress make healthcare decision that they will still be doing it. The experts (aka Bureaucrats) who are better equipped to make decisions still do not have the power unless Congress fails to act. Failure to make a decision IS a decision. In effect, Congress always decides. Thank goodness, at least, those decisions are guided by experts.

  • Rob img 2012-10-02 08:54

    Great show. PPACA does not contemplate a scenario where states refuse Medicaid expansion. Thus far HHS has offered an exemption on the individual penalty, oops, I meant tax.

    Looking to the federal exchange makes logical sense to determine :how things should work," however states are forced, by law, into making definitive decisions about their own exchanges no later than next month. HHS refuses to share details and as a result, nearly half of the states are not going to be ready to deploy exchanges.

  • Joseph Carter img 2012-10-02 11:11

    Dear Scott,

    Congratulations on this morning's excellent discussion of the Affordable Care Act. It is refreshing to hear a pair of well-informed, level-headed and objective analysts on this complex law. Their commentary was lucid and useful. Another program with these guests is in order.

    Joseph Carter
    Aspers, PA