Chiming in on health care reform

Many concerns about our country weigh on the minds of citizens including health care.

According to President-elect Barack Obama's Web site at change.gov, health care is a top priority and his administration is committed to reforming the industry "from the ground up" through health care community discussions.

"We're asking you to give us the gift of your ideas and input," the web site reads.

To help with the effort, Dr. Joan Coff will host one of these health care discussions for the Obama-Biden transition team at 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 29 at the North Star Natural Health Center.

"This is an opportunity for the community to express their views on health care reform," Coff said. "Our community may have concerns that are unique to this area, and this is a way for those concerns to be included in health care reform discussions."

With question forms, moderator and participant guides provided by the transition team, Coff will act as moderator, allowing participants time to fill out the question forms. Should the turn out be large enough, groups of 20 will be formed with volunteer moderators leading discussion. Information gathered from discussions will then be sent to the transition team the following day.

"If people are unhappy with the way the insurance system, disease care and public health is handled at this time, this is their chance to have a say in what will happen over the next few years," Coff said. "How much good will it do? I don't know. But I do know that not contributing your opinion assures that your concerns are not heard."

Reservations are required because guides will need to be printed for all participants. A second discussion is scheduled for Sunday Dec. 28 at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

For more information or to make reservations, call Dr. Coff at 635-2739. North Star Natural Health Center is at 92 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville. To learn more about North Star, visit northstarnotes.blogspot.com.

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