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CHARLES CITY, Iowa - The Affordable Healthcare Exchange is becoming a challenge for many to comprehend but across north Iowa, people are getting together to make sense of the changes.
Like many people, the recently opened affordable healthcare exchange is leaving Tim Mennenj of Charles City with many questions.
Some dealing with the exchange process as a whole and others are focused on the politics behind it all.
"I can't believe they're having that much trouble doing a simple thing like getting us health care. There's a lot of people in the United States that need the health care and it shouldn't be that difficult to get everybody that needs it and get it to them," said Mennenj.
A discussion led by the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, gives residents like Tim an opportunity to learn more about what options they have and ask the questions they need answered.
"There were a lot of great questions that came up from the audience today. They probably learned as much from each other. The questions that people had, were questions that everybody had," said Lyle Wendland, an Insurance Agent with Iowa Farm Bureau.
Some of the uncertainty in the crowd deals with the aging population of north Iowa.
With many eyeing retirement in their near future, weighing the pros and cons of the exchange long-term is a concern Lyle has heard time and time again.
"I was almost surprised but not really at how many people said well i'm considering retirement but I don't know if I want to retire with this program. How will it affect me and it has a lot to do with how old they are. I mean if your 64, 63 i'm not worried about it because they don't have to be in the system very long," said Wendland.
It's something those at the meeting say they want to make sure they are fully informed about, whether the new law has a direct impact on them or not.
More than 40 people attended today's discussion group, and that's more than organizers expected.
Wendland adds that he hopes this is a sign that people are taking health care seriously across our area.
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