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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Educating seniors on health care reform law


Winona, MN (KTTC-DT) --President Barack Obama tried to reach senior citizens this morning to personally address how the new Health Care Reform law would affect them. Winona was one of three cities in Minnesota airing the tele-town hall meeting.

For a national event, not many people showed up. Organizers say that's because the meeting was last minute, so it was not well publicized. Those who attended said with such useful information given, the room should have been packed.

"This health care bill alone doesn't solve all our health care problems."

President Barack Obama attempted to answer questions and clear up some confusion surrounding the Health Care Reform Law. Set in a senior center, the president and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answered questions sent in from all around the country.

"What's next? Because it didn't address patient care as much and so there are other phases. So my question to him was 'What's next, and is it going to be in his term of office?' I know that they did a lot of things, but I think there is more that can be done," asks Medicare recipient Joliene Olson.

Olson didn't get her specific question answered, but she says there were many more addressed in the teleconference. The only problem? Olson says not too many showed up to hear the president speak.

"I don't think we knew it was coming. I didn't know it was coming," says Winona Friendship Center Volunteer, Margaret Holland.

"Unfortunately we didn't know about it ahead of time to do much advertising. So we had a smaller turnout than what we would have liked to have had or probably would have had if we'd been able to advertise it," says Olson.

Holland says she likes that the President is trying to educate people about the law and how it can help others like her who sometimes run into problems with Medicare.

"It's going to help me because at this point, I may hit the donut hole next year again."

A situation that could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

Others worry about who is going to pay for the cost of health care reform.

"I'm afraid I could be worse off than what I am now. That's my problem. Because I'm quite happy... he keeps saying that if you like what you have, you can keep it. So, I'm taking his word for that," says Medicare recipient Jim Konkel.

While not every question was answered, the few here say it's a start.

Organizers with the Winona Friendship Center say if the president does another similar meeting, they will make sure many more in the community know about the opportunity.

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