The Ins and Outs of Obamacare in Utah

Published: April 03, 2014 | Read Time: 1 minutes

While the Affordable Healthcare Act's complexities elicit a range of opinion's one unifying fact remains: all involved parties come to the discussion with a well-crafted fervor that can make objectively unraveling the minutia a tricky task. In this pursuit, the Leavitt Center and Rural Health Scholars will host a panel discussion and documentary screening to discuss Obamacare on Thursday, April 3, in the Student Center Living Room.

The discussion will begin with a 6 p.m. screening of "The Waiting Room," a documentary that draws upon social media and film to address the many conversations surrounding health care reform and equal access to care, set in various overcrowded hospitals filled with uninsured patients.

Following the screening, at 7 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss their points of view about the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare). The medical panel will consist of Dr. Jeff Gardner, an emergency room physician, and Jason Wilson, a hospital administrator, both from Valley View Medical Center, as well as Senator Evan Vickers. The three will discuss Obamacare's anticipated impact on Utah in their respective areas of expertise.

Attendees of the event will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel for discussion. 

“The purpose of this event is to help educate students and the community on the positive and negative impacts of Obamacare,” explained Eric Kirby, executive director of the Leavitt Center. Kirby organized the event to give students an opportunity to hear all sides of the Affordable Health Care Act debate.

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