Testimonial: Reid Blackwelder, MD

Family physician in Kingsport, Tenn., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians

"I have seen a split among people in northeast Tennessee on what they think about the Affordable Care Act. I have some patients who are excited about the changes and others who think it is a government plot! The reality is that most people do not understand the new law and how it truly impacts them. Regardless of their opinion, I recognize how important it is for me and my staff to provide credible information to help our patients find out if and how they might benefit.

"The new marketplaces have the potential to help millions of people obtain affordable coverage and receive the comprehensive health care they need and deserve. And at the end of the day, what matters is not whether they like the ACA, but whether they can benefit. I want them to get the help they deserve, so I will encourage all my patients, regardless of their stance on health care reform, to explore their options."