Local Residents Want More Details On Obama's Health Care Reform

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

There's still many health care hurdles to jump before citizens are fully on board with reform.

"I would like to see more specifics, because right now people really don't have a clear understanding," said Lansing resident John Stafford.

"Obama has to provide strong reasons for the average individual in our society for wanting to embrace health reform," said MSU Medical Ethics Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck.

Fleck is one of several health care experts that will give answer questions about health care reform Wednesday night, he says citizens should consider the pros of a plan that could provide lower premiums, subsidies to hospitals, and more doctors.

" It would mean that Michigan hospitals would be getting revenues that they otherwise wouldn't get, it would mean that individuals get early treatment," Fleck said.

But the big con to keep in mind, he says, is the cost of funding quality health care for all.

"We're talking about a trillion dollars over ten years in all likelihood, and that's probably a conservative estimate," Fleck said.

Experts say the number of uninsured or under-insured in the state falls in line with national numbers, which means millions of people in Michigan could benefit from reform. But Fleck says those who already have quality health care through employment fear a public option makes them vulnerable.

"We don't need it to the point where we wind up with something that's government run," said Lansing resident David Kenney.

But hopefully those fears will be calmed after the administration gives information, Fleck say there's one question to keep in mind.

"How secure is my health insurance right now," Fleck said.

And compare that to what the government is offering to give.

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