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Radio Smart Talk: Answers to Affordable Care Act questions

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 10, 2012 3:25 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, December 11:

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A poll commissioned for witf's Transforming Health initiative this fall asked the question, "How much do you know about the healthcare reform law that was passed in 2010?"

Forty-one percent answered "only a little."  Another 15% said they know "nothing at all."   That means 56% know very little or nothing about a law that probably will have an impact on every single American.  

A few parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have already been implemented, but some of the most significant changes won't happen until 2013 or 2014. 

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the future of the ACA is more certain and those who waited to asked questions about the law are seeking answers.

Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk will do just that. 

Appearing on the program will be Scott Malan, Senior Vice President, Federal Government Affairs for Stevens and Lee, a Harrisburg law firm, who also has had a long career as a lobbyist in the healthcare field and Dr. Joseph Anderson, an Affiliated Adjunct Professor of Business, Economics, and Public Administration at several Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Listen to the program:

What questions do you have about the Affordable Care Act?

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Scott Malan and Dr. Joseph Anderson discuss the Affordable Health Care Act on Radio Smart Talk.

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Comments: 4

  • Michael img 2012-12-11 09:28

    To the panelist who stated at the beginning: "we are a dived Country" yes we are, but in the last two Presidential elections President Obama won a majority of popular vote , by a larger margin than President Bush. And by far a larger electoral vote margin. So please stop this divided Country scenario!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-11 09:30

    Email from Biruta,

    I and my husband are totally happy with the ease, lack of paperwork of Medicare. As I see it the advantage is that it is not profit driven and everyone pays into it. I would like to see the one payer cover be expanded as a choice.

  • Michael img 2012-12-11 09:42

    To the women who called in and stated she was involved in a small business and no one gave her medical insurance, but stated she was now on Medicare! where and the heck does she think that "insurance " comes from. I do think many people in this Country do not realize where their support comes from!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-11 09:43

    Email from Ben

    You(r) (guests) alluded to the cost shifting this bill creates. I think those specifics were undersold when promoting the bill. Could you give some examples of costs we are paying today that will be eliminated that offset the new costs and taxes?

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