Mid-Southerners weigh in on health care debate

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A day of dramatic debate on the House floor Sunday kept health care reform on the top of the mind of many Mid-Southerners.

As people who depend so much on insurance, the Huggins are concerned about how a healthcare overhaul might affect them.

Samantha Huggins' son, two-year-old Kellan Huggins, has an existing medical condition.

"He's got fluid buildups on his brain, so he has a little tube that drains the extra fluid into his belly," Huggins said.

The Huggins said they were satisfied with their current plan.

"I'm happy with our insurance," Huggins said.  "I want everyone to have insurance, but I'm worried about how it's going to affect ours."

She also said she was worried about how the country, and one day Kellan, will pay for the charges.

"When he's an adult, what is the economy going to be like?" Huggins asked.  "Because he's going to be paying for the things we did."

Dr. Jay Pershad, a Pediatric Emergency Physician at LeBonheur, confessed he had not studied the nearly 2,000 page health care bill, but said reform is a must.

Pershad said he sees the reason for reform every day.

"I needed to prescribe some antibiotic eye drops, I had to choice between A and B," Pershad said.  "When I wanted to prescribe A, the answer from the first parent was how much is it going to cost me?  I think I'm having to make decisions that are not in the best interest of a patient sometimes from a medical standpoint."

Pershad said he was also concerned about the uninsured using the ER as a doctor's office.

Andrew Jackson said he was forced to do just that for his daughter.

"In between jobs.  It's been real hard," Jackson said.  "Something must be done, I do think something must be done."

The question was still up for debate Sunday as the bill went before the House for a vote.

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