Health Care Town Hall Meeting #3

"The Democratic plan wants to make sure they keep the insurance companies honest. I'm curious. What's going to keep the government honest?" asks Nancy Gall, who attended tonight's third town hall meeting on health care.

There are many questions about the health care reform bill floating through congress right now. At Don Manzullo's third town hall meeting Illinoisans were given a chance ask some. Many are worried about the financial cost of government run health care.

"We both are seniors and we've worked a long time to earn what we have and we want to keep it." says Allan Benson about himself and his wife.

Others are concerned about what will happen if the government doesn't pass reform.

"The economy is going down the drain because of health care and health care has to have a solution and Obama's not afraid to tackle it." says Darrell Carlson.

Kim Gouker is worried about a government takeover of health care, but he does admit the current system needs some work.

"Well I'd like to see better access to it I'd like to see some cost containment, I'd like to see some malpractice reform." says Gouker.

Like many others, Dana Holmin attended the meeting so she could become better informed about this controversial issue.

"I think there's a problem with people being uninsured, but I don't agree with what they are trying to do right now, ram-roding this thing through. I think that it needs to be thought about and I like that a lot of people are coming out to be a part of the process." says Holmin.

And that's just what happened tonight. During Manzullos opening speech there was both applause and heckling.

Manzullo believes the house bill up for debate right now is much too costly. He says current health care programs already offer coverage to many uninsured Americans, they just aren't using them or don't know about them. Of course opponents disagree.

Manzullo has held a total of seven town hall meetings on health care, three of which were in Rockford. Over 700 people were turned away from last Wednesday's because there wasn't enough room for them.


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