Local town hall meeting to be held to discuss health care reform
Many Americans have been attending town hall meetings voicing their concerns and opposition to health care reform. Congressman Henry Cuellar was at a news conference today speaking about the issue.
"What we are talking about is giving people who don't have health insurance options."
“But that’s what Obama wants."
"No it’s not what Obama wants.”
“Yes, it is."
According to a recent Gallup Poll 49 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling health care reform.
Here at home, Congressman Henry Cuellar is endorsing the President's plan and answering questions about it.
According to Cuellar, 267 thousand people in his district have no coverage, some due to losing their jobs.
"Premiums have gone up since 2000 about one hundred percent. Co-pays have gone up. Everybody that has insurance knows what’s happening."
Meanwhile three committees in Congress are looking at proposals, like expanding Medicare, providing tax credit for small businesses and helping people that already have insurance.
"There’s been over 650 people that had filed personal bankruptcy in my congressional district because of this out of cost medical expenses."
"This clinic serves more than 30 thousand people all in need of health insurance. Doctors hope with new health care reform they don't have to struggle looking for services."
"Everyday I see patients with no insurance. We are able to provide primary services but patients in general need all type of services," and at Gateway Community Health Clinic demand for free health care is growing, so much that the clinic had to stop proving services to the elderly for a year.
"There’s is an increase demand especially with the situation that we are getting more patients and more demand for our services."
Demand is growing so fast that many patients wind up on a waiting list, something opponents of the President's plan say we could see more often, while others say health care reform will solve this.
The largest organization that represents people 50 years and older will host a town hall meeting on health care reform. AARP will talk about fixing health care and a panel will present services for older adults in Laredo.
The town hall meeting is Thursday from nine in the morning till noon at the public library.