Laredoans question health care reform
People gathered today at a town hall meeting to discuss health care reform.
There were questions about the plans and some discussions.
Randy Blair, Republican Party Chair
"My first comment is that healthcare definitely needs to be reformed."
Many had different opinions about health care reform in this town hall meeting hosted by the American Association of Retired People or AARP.
Around one hundred people came out to voice their opinions.
Some talked about abortions and how the new legislation might favor taxpayers paying for it.
"If the high amendment is repealed, it could lead to abortions on demand, universally as an added benefit."
Others had questions about the benefits of the different bills being proposed in Washington.
"My question to AARP is are you willing to get us all these wonderful benefits? Will they come in and join us AARP, social security and drop country club plan?"
" These bills we are looking at all five, I'm all for them. They are so huge that will lead to socialized medicine."
AARP president Lee Hammond came to Laredo to try to answer all the questions and concerns from the community.
But some had specific questions to the government, something he couldn't answer.
Lee Hammond, AARP President: "Right now there’s is a lot of mis-understanding. Some of which is purposely done and some is just mis- understanding. Everybody thinks there is a health care bill but there is none."
AARP says they are not endorsing any of the proposed bills yet.
They say they are looking at different options to make one and present it to Washington.
According to AARP, they believe health care reform should be addressed but need certain priorities.
Their number one goal is guaranteeing access to affordable coverage for Americans between the ages of 50 and 64.
Congressman Henry Cuellar is still considering having town hall meetings but his main spokesperson says it may be tough given limited time and the size of his district.
The U.S. Representative may opt to have teleconferences instead which his Washington spokesperson says have been much more effective in getting out the message.