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The Johnson County Democratic Club met in Warrensburg last Thursday night for their regular monthly meeting. There were over fifty individuals in attendance.

After conducting business, guest speaker Brian Colby of the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance spoke on the health care reform law and then took questions from the audience.

Brian Colby, Director of Outreach and Communications, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance.

A short excerpt, on the polled popularity of the components of the new law, from his remarks:

Brian Colby, Director of Outreach and Communications, Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance:

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…A number of the provisions in this law [health care reform], the ones that I’m talking about there, poll very, very popularly with all types of folks in our community, not just the folks that, that here in this room, not just the folks that, that generally cast a Democratic ballot or generally believe that government can play a role in people’s lives. When we do, we did some, some polling, the Missouri Foundation for Health Care did some polling here in Missouri and they really kind of, of emphasized rural areas and, and did focus groups and really drilled down. And when folks learned what was in the law, getting rid or preexisting conditions, making sure insurance companies have to be there when you need them, stop discriminating against woman and against sick people, people really, really like that. All the way across the board. It starts polling, you know, seventy-five, eighty-five percent strongly approve. Even the expansion in Medicaid that we’re gonna add. Here in Missouri we know that Medicaid has been such a difficult issue and, folks with lower incomes have really suffered because of some of the attitudes about folks that, um, getting health coverage to, to folks in lower incomes. And even that polls, uh, uh, extremely well. And so, I want to, to kind of give you a challenge today. Do not get, you know, worried about Prop C. You know, we know that Rush Limbaugh, we know that the, the majority party in the legislature are saying that seventy percent of Missourians don’t want this law, but you all know that was sixteen percent of registered voters.

When people learn about this law they like it. When they learn it’s gonna benefit them they’re gonna want to keep it. And as soon as the majority party in the state house and majority in our Congress, not our Senate, they, they realize that this is actually a popular bill, that people benefit from it, and they’re gonna have to take away those benefits, they’re gonna stop. They’re gonna stop attacking, they’re gonna stop utilizing, using this, because people will realize that they, their family members, their community, are actually gonna benefit. And we think that’s gonna be a great thing. Then we can move forward and implement it…

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The Johnson County Democratic Club met at a local restaurant in Warrensburg for their regular monthly meeting.

Those benefits of the health care reform law, from a video by the Kaiser Family Foundation played for the audience by Brian Colby before he spoke:

About the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance

The Alliance is a statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all.  Since 2008, the Alliance has been working to build the consumer and community leadership required to transform the American health system.  With the belief that this transformation will happen when consumers are fully engaged and have an organized voice, The Alliance works in partnership with national, state and local consumer organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to change the health care system so it serves everyone – especially vulnerable members of society.

That about sums it up.