Free Forum Tackles Local Impact of Continuation, Repeal, or Replacement of Obamacare

September 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence Virginia

The repeal or replacement of Obamacare has been a national debate for most of 2017, but the economic impact is typically studied only at the national level. What would happen in the Twin Counties if Obamacare is repealed? How would Twin County Regional Hospital be affected? What would be the impact of any of the proposed Obamacare replacement plans?

These are critical issues that should effect your vote in several upcoming elections, including the November gubernatorial election, where Ralph Northam supports Obamacare while Ed Gillespie advocates for its repeal. In 2018, incumbent Senator Tim Kaine supports Obamacare, while Representative Morgan Griffith has already voted for its repeal. But where would Obamacare’s repeal leave the Twin Counties?

To explore these issues, the Healthcare Information Committee of Southwest Virginia has scheduled an open health care forum to discuss the economic impact of the repeal or replacement of Obamacare. The forum will be held on September 12, 2017, at 6:30 PM at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA. Speakers will include:

  • Christina Dalton, a healthcare economist at Wake Forest University
  • Dale Alward, the new Chief Executive Officer of Twin County Regional Healthcare
  • Robert Lazo, a local family practice physician
  • The forum will be moderated by Twin County Regional Hospital Board Member Doug Vaught

The forum will start with brief statements from all speakers, after which the floor will open for questions. Beyond the issues mentioned above, the panelists are prepared to respond to a number of questions, including:

  • Do we need the Affordable Care Act?
  • Is the individual mandate necessary?
  • Are there alternatives to Obamacare that might work better?
  • What happens to me if I get sick and have no insurance?
  • Can I get covered by Medicaid?
  • What do these programs mean for sustaining our local hospital and medical services in our area?
  • What happens to a community when hospitals close and doctors leave?

Most of the debate on Obamacare has centered along party lines, with little understanding of the local impact of its continuation or repeal. This open forum is your chance to get educated on these issues, and intelligently vote for the candidate that supports your views.

Forum sponsored by the Healthcare Information Committee of SW VA. Members: Nancy Liebrecht, Chair;  Fayma Nye, Treasurer;  Rob Meinecke, Harriett Meinecke, Betty Sutton,  Mary Lily Nuckolls

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