Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 2, 2014

Health care focus of public forum

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Separating fact from fiction is the idea behind a community forum coming to Pauls Valley on a hotly debated and sometimes controversial health care policy.

Organized by the Garvin County Democratic Party, the forum focusing on the Affordable Health Care Act, or what some call “Obama Care,” is set from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the train depot in downtown Pauls Valley.

Kimberly Eaton, county chair of the party, says this forum is not a political thing but instead for anyone and everyone wanting to learn more about the health care policy led by President Barack Obama.

“There’s a lot of fear out there about this act,” Eaton said.

“That’s the reason she’s coming, so she can clear up some of the misinformation people may be hearing about it,” she said referring to a special guest at the forum.

“This is an informational forum where people can come get information, ask questions about this act and see what it means.”

That special guest will be Katherine Scheirman, M.D, a native Oklahoman and military veteran who is the Oklahoma state director of Doctors for America.

According to Eaton, this is a national movement of 16,000 physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation with a push to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and high quality health care.

With a belief opponents of the act use the term “Obama Care” as a way to place it in a negative connotation, Eaton is hopeful anyone wanting to find out more about the facts will come to the forum with an open mind.

“Everything on TV is confusing sometimes,” she said. “We want to dispel the fear and the myths. There is no reason to be afraid of this.

“People need to know the real information and not the propaganda you see on TV.”

The idea here, Eaton said, is to help people with the information needed to successfully navigate the marketplace for health insurance.

Topics of discussion are expected to include plan coverage, doctor and hospital visits, low and even no-cost options depending on your income, non-exclusion from coverage due to preexisting conditions and others.

“A lot of people in Garvin County don’t have insurance,” Eaton added.

“It’s important people know they can get it even if they don’t have a lot of money. Think about your children, your parents, think about everyone having insurance.”