Staunton Community Forum Discusses Health Care Reform
A community forum in Staunton Tuesday night aimed to help reveal just what health care reform means.
Jeff Goldsmith, the CEO of the Charlottesville-based "Health Futures," led a "plain English" talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He said the main objective of the bill is to get the 50 million people who are uninsured in this country covered. But Goldsmith says he's not sure it can work for a couple of reasons.
"Probably 20,000 pages easily of implementing regulations. It is just the most incredible bureaucratic project. So I think there are serious issues about whether we can afford to do this right now. And I think there are serious issues about whether we can mechanically pull it off," said Goldsmith.
Goldsmith also says that the downward trend in health care use started prior to the recession because health care costs too much.