Local debate on Affordable Care Act

Bristol, Tenn. - Local experts in healthcare policy are debating healthcare reform today in Bristol.  The Affordable Care Act is the main topic of the day long event.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Marilyn Tavenner was the keynote speaker.  Tavenner discussed the progress of the healthcare act and its goals and obstacles for next year.

George Mason University's Center of Health Policy Research and Ethics director Dr. Len Nichols says today is an important example of how to make effective healthcare reform happen.

"What this kind of forum is about is reminding us, you know, if we sit down and listen, key word is listen to each other, we might actually figure out actually we do agree on a lot of this," said Nichols.

The event was sponsored by Wellmont Health Systems, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the Appalachian School of Law.

Panels started at 8am this morning and end at 5pm.  For more information visit the website at

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