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Santa Clarita Healthcare meeting draws dozens

State Assemblyman Scott Wilk holds town hall on Obamacare

Posted: July 31, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Speaker Chuck Rosen, Immediate past president of the California Association of Health Underwriters addresses questions from the audience as he details the Affordable Care Act during a town hall meeting held at the Activity Center of the Santa Clarita Sports Complex in Santa Clarita on Tuesday.

Around 70 people turned out to discuss, debate and learn about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, during a town hall meeting sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, Tuesday night at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

And after the two-hour discussion, one thing was clear: Much remains unclear about the law.

The main speaker at the town hall was Charles P. Rosen, an investment and insurance advisor and immediate past president of the California Association of Health Underwriters.

Rosen said many of the effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, remain uncertain.

“What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away,” he said.

Rosen said there are some positive aspects of the law, such as provisions allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26 or that work to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

But, he added, there are other areas that have the potential to be financially harmful to individuals or businesses, such as additional requirements for employers to provide coverage and potentially thousands of dollars in fines for some of those that elect not to purchase insurance.

Throughout the presentation, many in the audience shook their heads or voiced their displeasure about the law.
“What a mess,” one audience member was heard to say.

Both Rosen and Wilk said the primary purpose of Tuesday’s event was to inform attendees, not criticize the health care law.

“Whether you support it or not, the fact of the matter is it’s the law,” Wilk said.

Though Wilk said he opposed the law before it was passed, he now sees it as his responsibility to try and make the law function as well as possible.

“I’ve gone to Sacramento wanting to do whatever I can to make the Affordable Care Act work,” he said.


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