Telling health care providers in Northwest Indiana he “came here to listen and learn” Dan Coats heard as attendees at a roundtable “painted a less than rosy picture” regarding the recently passed health spending bill supported by incumbent Congressman Brad Ellsworth.
Kathleen Quilligan of the NWI Times wrote:
Wednesday marked exactly three months since President Barack Obama signed the health care bill that will restructure American health care, and those gathered at St. Anthony Medical Center on Wednesday morning seemed worried about the impact of the bill, which won’t go into effect until 2014.
Other physicians at the discussion lamented the probable lack of autonomy with the bill and worried that their values, as far as how they like to treat patients, might be compromised because of requirements from the government.
Among the concerns expressed by doctors were “how to properly care for the high volume of patients that could be coming in” and the high costs of the bill. As one doctor said, “It’s the gorilla in the room. We can’t afford this particular indication. It becomes an unfunded mandate.”
U.S. Senate candidate Dan Coats listened to a laundry list of concerns, worries and a sprinkling of “fixes” from health care professionals at Saint Anthony Medical Center during a campaign stop Wednesday.
“I came here to listen and learn from the people who deal with this every day what the impact is of the legislation that has passed,” Coats said. “There is great pessimism that Obamacare is going to make the situation better.”
The pessimism expressed by the health care providers in attendance echoed the frustrations Dan has heard across the state – including at a recent roundtable in Seymour. Doctor shortages, reduced Medicare reimbursement rates and the quality of care are just the tip of the iceberg.
Today, Dan will have lunch with Tea Party leaders in Warsaw before heading to Columbia City to greet diners at C C Deli.
[Full disclosure: Pete Seat is the press secretary for the Coats for Senate campaign.]