Forum to present information

Anyone with questions about how the national health care system will look in a year or two, and specifically about what that means personally to all of us as patients and consumers of care, should attend the GFWC/OFWC Woman’s Club of Steubenville forum Monday.

We will note that the forum is not about arguing politics, left and right views or taking anyone to task. It is about information, about knowing what to do and where to go for care, about knowing how to pay and who pays as Obamacare kicks into high gear.

Yes, there will be government officials on hand at the event, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Eastern Gateway Community College. But it is not open-season day to fight over politics and political views. The forum has been organized as a way for people to learn nuts and bolts about the changes to the health care system that will take place.

It is neither a debate nor a townhall.

There will be representatives of the insurance, health care and accounting sectors, as well as attorneys and businesses large and small.

The system is confusing, even to those who enacted it, but it is going to impact every person in the nation, either through changes in costs or changes in availability of care, as well as responsibilities for patients.

We said it before and we’ll say it again that the people who organized the forum deserve thanks. Arguing won’t make it any easier to figure out what to do next year when a patient has a cold. But learning how the system might work is useful.