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Experts talk healthcareSubmitted: 06/14/2013
Story By Adam Fox

WAUSAU - Getting straight answers out of politicians doesn't happen too often, especially when it comes to something as controversial as health care reform.

But Thursday in Wausau, both proponents and opponents of Obamacare worked together to explain how federal changes will affect you here in Wisconsin.

People who started with computers and phones, turned to note taking with pen and paper.

David Riemer works for a Milwaukee institute trying to solve America's healthcare issues.

He says people need to listen up before the exchange starts in October.

"This new system may be a little complicated at first," Riemer said. "Some people will be making choices they didn't have to make before. "

The exchange in Wisconsin and 34 other states is a private insurance pool facilitated by the federal government.

People above the poverty line without insurance can find insurance options there.

The overarching theme from the evening was that regardless of your position on the Affordable Care Act, you are to have to work with it.

"It is going to be implemented and we have to do the best job to make it work," said Rob Laszewski.

Rob Laszewski assists companies with health insurance decisions.

He says people in Wisconsin should expect premium increases, especially for those planning to use the exchange.

"Wisconsin is one of the states projected to have the biggest increases," Laszewski said. "That is because the Affordable Care Act sets very high standards for what a package of insurance looks like."

A high standard that will hopefully fix the health care problem in America.



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