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Obamacare Has Mixed Impact On Decatur County

Panelists at a Rotary Club meeting in Greensburg indicated the effects they are seeing from the Affordable Care Act are both positive and negative.

Panelists saied the ACA is a good idea in premise – the system just needs to be refined now that health experts are finding things that don’t work the way they were intended.

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Panelists saied the ACA is a good idea in premise – the system just needs to be refined now that health experts are finding things that don’t work the way they were intended.

In Decatur County, the hospital’s director says they’re seeing some positive effects of the Affordable Care Act.

President and CEO Linda Simmons spoke Monday at a Greensburg Rotary Club meeting.

“We are seeing a few more patients in our clinics,” she said. “So we are finding that clients that have bought into the exchange products are now going to our clinics and actually seeing physicians which is a good thing, because that goes into the preventative aspect and they’re getting their health diagnoses monitored better.”

David Welsh, a general surgeon who practices in southeastern Indiana, was the other panelist.  He spoke about the ACA’s impact on doctors.

While Welsh agreed with Simmons that more people getting covered is a good thing, he says the ACA’s rules and regulations have made things tough on doctors across the board.

“If you’re just starting out in a practice, you’re finding yourself more forced to go into an employed position, employed by a large group or hospital, older physicians are being hit with a lot of requirements, and the question is whether they should stay in practice or just retire,” said Welsh.

Both panelists say the ACA is a good idea in premise – the system just needs to be refined now that health experts are finding things that don’t work the way they were intended.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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  • Bob Eckert

    If our state government would get off their collective political a**es and expand Medicaid (at no cost to Indiana), Decatur county would reap the benefits immedicately, but no, Indiana citizens go on supporting “leaders” who couldn’t care less about their health and well-being. And the money that we don’t take to expand Medicaid (which is money that we have -already- paid to the federal government) for the program, WILL GO TO OTHER STATES THAT ELECTED TO EXPAND THEIR MEDICAID COVERAGE. When are the common-sense-challenged people of Indiana going to figure this out!?

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