Chattanooga doctor takes helm of Tennessee Medical Association

photo Dr. Chris Young, an anesthesiologist, poses for a picture as nurses check on recovering patients on Thursday at Erlanger hospital. Young has been appointed president of the Tennessee Medical Association.

As patients struggle to wade through murky changes of health care reform, many physicians are right there with them.

While the drama of the Affordable Care Act played out in the U.S. Supreme Court hearings and the presidential election, many doctors felt stuck, says physician and newly installed Tennessee Medical Association President Dr. Chris Young.

"Some physicians -- especially in this part of the country-- had the idea that, 'Maybe it will all just go away,'" he said. "But now we know that for at least the next three years, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.