11 News will have live coverage of the President's visit for those without tickets

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Both the Web site and phone lines to request tickets to President Barack Obama's Town Hall Meeting in Grand Junction on Saturday have closed.

A few tickets to the event were made available to the public. Ticket requesters could go to a Web site to leave a voicemail on a special phone line. Both opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The phone line was closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Web site stopped accepting requests at 12 p.m. today.

If you requested tickets and receive them, please call 11 News and let us know! We'd like to interview people who get tickets. Call 970-243-1111 or email us at tips@nbc11news.com

If you do not get tickets, 11 News will have live coverage of the President's visit starting at 3:30 p.m. We will also be streaming live on this Web site.

Press Release from the White House:
On Saturday August 15, 2009, President Barack Obama and the First Family will arrive in Colorado and President Obama will hold a town hall meeting in Grand Junction. At the President’s town hall, he will discuss how under health insurance reform, insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses to eliminate unlimited costs such as co-pays and deductibles.

Following the stop in Colorado, the First Family will travel to the Grand Canyon and Phoenix, AZ before returning to Washington. This week, the President will hold three town hall meetings on health insurance reform. The first one, in Portsmouth, NH, was focused on how under health insurance reform, there will be no discrimination for pre-existing conditions – that insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history. The second town hall, in Belgrade, MT, is about how under health insurance reform, insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.

SATURDAY, August 15, 2009
Arrival Time: 3:45 p.m. local time
Departure Time: 6:15 p.m. local time

Town Hall Meeting with President Barack Obama
Central High School – Warrior Gym
550 Warrior Way
Grand Junction, CO 81504
Event Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. local time

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  • by Jean Location: Grand Junction on Aug 15, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    For anyone whose family has not faced rationed care by insurance providers yet, know that this is a reality that needs to be fixed. My 40 yr. old neice died in December after her insurance was suspended, her Cobra coverage ran out and the family collectively spent around $100,000 for cancer treatment. When there was no more money, her treatment ended. She died in a hospice setting where doctors and nurses make her comfortable and gave support to her grieving husband and parents. That's what all the lies being spewed about ratoned care and end of life help don't address. Somebody needs to talk about real life situations like hers instead of repeating these uninformed talking points being handed out by the insurance companies.
  • by JULIE Location: CHANDLER on Aug 14, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    Americans who keep crying about socialism need to get educated..medicare and Social security are examples of socialism. I asked my 70 year old mother if she could do without them she said no ! Thank god I have both she said she knows she couldnt afford quality healthcare at her age. Also, I have relatives work for the federal government and I hate to tell you folks (their coverage is better and cheaper than many private plans ) So let the ney sayers keep their private plans.. the only problem is cost right? President Obama needs to get the US out of those two overseas wars and get those greedy corporation to pay back the tax payers. All I see is spend spend spend the man is very popular .. I like him but he has to show the American people he knows how to save money and the government just seems incapable of it. We want to believe him and you know... the Republicans had their chance they really screwd up... never listening to them again
  • by Eric on Aug 14, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    I just hope President Obama can get people to support his plan and that he has a clear cut idea for what he wants with health care. I don't want the government to be able to use health care funds for other purposes the way they bankrupted social security by using it as a piggy bank. But I do agree changes need to happen cause I know people who have jobs that cannot get health care and to me that's a travesty, because I believe as long as a person is working they deserve to be able to care for their families.
  • by Keith Location: Grand Junction on Aug 13, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    Why do we insist on trying to penalize the movers and doers in this country that get off their butts and work to make a decent living for themselves and their families instead of sitting around complaining because someone won't "give" them what they think they deserve. You don't deserve what you haven't worked for and earned. We don't have the right to demand that those people support the rest of the population.
  • by Richard Location: Montrose on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    For all those who are so hip on govt health care. I am sure that we could come up with the money to give you a one way ticket to Canada, or the country of your choice and then you could experience universal health care at it's "best."
  • by Bill Location: Grand Junction on Aug 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Thanks for addressing the Health Care issue and making it a priority. We can see that most of the European countries and Canada have public health care - they recognize that this is a human right. I congress is unalbe to pass a 'public' health care plan, he plan that they pass must include some provision that limits the salaraies and benefits of CEO's and upper managment of Health Care Insurance corporations. These savings must be passed on to the consumers. The plan should have doctors rather than insurance company employees determining who gets treatment. The wealthiest 5% of our population who control 45% of our wealth should bear the major brunt of these costs.
  • by Misty Location: Grand Junction on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    When are the people in Grand Junction going to wake up!Seriously im so tired of the scare tacticts the conservative people try to voice and preach!The selfishness is so sad.I am tired of watching my Family, friends without health coverage!Things have to change.I myself was born with a congenital heart defect.What does this mean?It means I cannot get this "great health coverage " everyone here is saying is the best care in the world.I caNOT!Not Private pay,beacause of the pre-existing condition clause with the insurance companies policies!Im 31 years old and have no health insurance because of this, and am supposed to see my Cardiologist once a year,I've had 2 open heart surgeries numerous catherizations and the debt I have is unbareable!President Obama is fighting to have this removed!How Great that will be for me and many more with pre-existing condtions!I voted for President Obama and hope so very bad to to be able to see him on Saturday!We can no longer keep going the way we are!
  • by Bill Location: Grand Junction on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Alice, please keep the right wing fear mongering in Centennial. The private sector is not going to overhaul health care. They are too busy pushing their whellbarrows full of cash to the bank from their profits. There is no private incentive to change or they would already have done it. There is no profit in covering the uninsured, in making sure no one is dropped from coverage, in making sure that a company doesn't drop you when you become seriously ill. This is the perfect place for government action to achieve a higher goal than the free market system can provide. There is a direct parallel here to Medicare/Medicaid, which has been providing for our elderly and disabled for a generation.
  • by Bev Location: Grand Junction on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    There is so much misinformation available to folks ... so much mentioned in some of these very comments. It is a positive thing to at least give the President one's attention and not listen only to Fox news and other media sources who disseminate misinformation. President Obama knows that GJ is a very strong conservative stronghold yet he is willing to come here and answer questions. Let's make GJ proud and honor the President for allowing us this opportunity to have our questions answered. We can show the media what a GOOD Town Hall meeting is like.
  • by Alice Location: Centennial, Colorado on Aug 12, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    I regret the situation Faye finds herself and her nephew in. It is difficult for me to understand, she and others presume under HR3200 they will continue to receive the same level of benefits they now have. It has been reported the administration wants to slash $156,000,000 from medicare. God bless Faye's nephew in his fight, at least he got his foot in the door of a hospital with some of the best care in the world. Obama campaigned on change; too bad it is for the worse for American medicine because we will have a loss of research, rationed care dispensed by a Washington bureau and hospitals will not be expanding. So where's the "Hope"? There will be none for the at risk unborn, very young or those at 50 years plus (treatment not cost effective). Give people tax credits for purchasing private insurance. Let citizens keep more of their hard earned money to cotrol their health care and create new competative markets.
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