For and against health care overhaul bill

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It has everyone talking – Health Care overhaul.

After the vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed the House, "The other side is still talking about the number of pages in the bill. We won't stop talking about the number of lives that we will save."

When Democrat Senator Harry Reid says the "other side" he is talking about most republicans who blatantly opposed the health care overhaul bill.

Congressman Mike Rogers is one of those republicans.  He says the passage of the bill comes on the heels of the government taking control of the auto industry and the financial market.

And, he says the bill makes states concern over Medicaid even stronger, "this bill adds 16 million more Americans into Medicaid and the states can't pay their share as it is, so you can't find doctors that will take it cause reimbursement rates are so low."

Michael Schreck, a local podiatrist says reimbursement rates have already been cut by more than 20 percent.  He is worried and upset by the passing of the bill.

"The snowball effect that it is going to have on everybody out there… it is just so immense in terms of physicians having to make these low reimbursements up in volume of patients and less quality of service," explains Schreck.

People in favor of the bill see the positive aspects, like prohibiting insurance companies from dropping patients because of pre-existing conditions.

Jeremy Hobbs works with AIDS patients and he expressed his support, "We have so many people that are living with HIV and aids that cannot return to the workforce because of that fact alone they will not be covered."

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