Cameron University to host public forum on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Cameron University’s Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center (BRC) will host a public forum on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” with keynote speakers Sen. Constance N. Johnson, a Democrat from District 48, and Matt Pinnell, Chair, Oklahoma State Republican Party. They will share perspectives on the health care legislation. Scheduled for Friday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – Noon, the forum will take place in the CETES Conference Center on the west side of the Cameron campus. The forum is open to the public at no cost.

“The act has become the central issue of the 2012 Presidential campaign,” says Dr. Syed Ahmed, Director, BRC. “This discussion will provide an excellent opportunity for members of the community to gather more information and insight about this galvanizing topic so they can be fully informed about its ramifications.”

Adding their viewpoints on the subject will be panelists Dr. David Blatt, Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute; Wallace Collins, Chair, Oklahoma Democratic Party; Steve Hyde, CEO, Southwestern Medical Center; Toby Pedford, a representative of the Oklahoma Tenth Amendment Center and CEO of Legacy Wealth Strategies Group; and Jonathan Small, Fiscal Policy Director, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. 

PPACA is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. PPACA is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of PPACA. The Supreme Court’s decision and its interpretation of the Act as an individual tax mandate significantly increased the intensity of the national debate about the topic.

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September 4, 2012

PR#12-134