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Tri-Cities Community Meets to Give Healthcare Input to Transition Team

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- More than 60 people gathered to discuss healthcare Tuesday night, and their concerns will be passed along to the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

The Badger Club hosted this community meeting to give the Transition Team input on several different healthcare issues.  Kirk Williamson, Vice President of Programs for the Badger Club says the questions include, "What's the proper role of the employer?  Tell us your healthcare story.  Have you had trouble paying for healthcare?  Do you receive the preventive care that you think you should?"

The room was broken down into smaller groups to talk about those questions.  One group included a doctor, a school counselor, two health insurance brokers, and Kathy White, a woman who almost had trouble getting health insurance.  White explains she would be uninsurable  because of a pre-existing condition if her husband didn't have a good work plan.  She says, "Nobody should ever have to be denied care.  I think that it's a right."

Health Insurance Broker Matt Henderson says, "In my mind, the biggest problem within our healthcare system is the fact that 70% of all medical claims are driven by preventable causes."  Henderson and the rest of the group talked a lot about those preventable causes, most saying there are too many health insurance claims that could be prevented by simply eating healthier or exercising.  They also said education from an early age is a large part of prevention.