LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The future of health care was the topic of conversation among many community leaders Tuesday.
Sen. John Cornyn's Health Policy Advisor Stephanie Carlton was at the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce to discuss what the new law means for patients, employers, and taxpayers.
Instead of fixing Medicare and Medicaid, she said for taxpayers, it's as if there's now a new entitlement program in the mix.
Carlton claims taxpayers will have to figure out how to pay for it and she said it means added pressure for doctors.
"It's a struggle for physicians to see Medicaid patients now and I think it's going to become an even bigger struggle as the new law gets implemented," said Carlton.
Carlton said some of the major spending provisions of the law start in 2014.
However, with two election cycles before then, she said there is opportunity for change.