Monday, January 17, 2011

Understanding Health Care Reform

On January 16, members of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice met to hear a presentation by Jen Bersdale, Director of Advocacy and Communications for Central Reform Congregation.

The presentation, “Understanding Health Care Reform: What it Does and What it Means”, lays out the facts of the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.

Ms. Bersdale, also an advocate with Missouri Health Care for All, pointed out that while the bill is not perfect, it is already providing much needed reforms to the health insurance industry, benefits to the sick, and essential preventative care. She succeeded in giving members of Women's Voices a wealth of information about the effects of the ACA on private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, small businesses, and answering many specific questions related to the Act in those and other areas.

Bersdale said that the legislation is designed to reduce health care costs for both families and the government, make coverage more secure for all Americans, improve Medicare and Medicaid, modernize our health care delivery system, and provide affordable coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured.

This year Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice has made educating the public about the facts of the ACA a priority. Missouri Health Care for All views education of Missourians about the benefits of the ACA to be essential in their mission of securing quality, affordable health care for all Missourians.

For the facts about the Affordable Care Act and how it effects you, refer to:,,

Bunnie Gronborg

Steering Committee
Missouri Health Care for All


  1. Of understand reform, you have to read the bill. How many Senators actually read it? I think we know. Not many.

  2. Understanding Health Care Reform is so important for everyone. Health Care Reform seminar increased their knowledge about health care. This year Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice has made educating the public about the facts of the ACA a priority.

  3. I want health care that optimizes the healing potential of the best doctor on the inside, and reduces the need for expensive lifesaving sickness and disease management. I want a HEALTH care plan for my family. Not a plan hatched by government and insurance companies. While I am thankful for modern medicine, it is really plan B.

    Natural methods that promote healthy growth and development should be our first priority if we really want to reduce the cost of caring for our health problems. Some ignore health, and when it is too late demand instant gratification in the form external pills or surgery. We should care for these people, but we must realize this is an expensive way to fail to reach your full potential. People who plan for a better future invest primarily in proactive health care. Preventing health problems with HEALTH CARE is far better that reacting to them with DISEASE CARE.